The chair was designed after observing the way people in the East sit with an erect torso and without a backrest: in effect, sitting and kneeling at the same time. Primate is a playful and useful seating compromise for Western travellers. It enables respectful guests at Japanese formal dinners to sit with their hosts in the appropriate position, which would otherwise be very painful for unpractised knees. A rigid black shock-proof polystyrene base and an 18/8 stainless steel leg support the seat. The padded parts are in flexible polyurethane upholstered with leather or imitation leather. The chair or kneeling-stool is also in the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein and in the permanent collection at MOMA.
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1970, made by Zanotta, purchased in 1972.
W: 500x D: 800x H: 470mm
Stainless steel with polyurethane upholstery and tan leather cover. Base in black painted polystyrene.
Designed by Achille Castiglioni and made by Zanotta