I admire designers who back in the day got down and dirty with their designs. When they needed to make a prototype they made it out of plaster, wire, wood, cardboard or anything that would hold up. These are images of designers hard at work at future classics, without a computer in sight. Respect.
Eero Aarnio sculpting the first Pony, 1971.
Charles and Ray Eames at work on a prototype for La Chaise, 1948.
Ahti Kotikoski carving the first Anatomia chair, 1968.
Charles and Ray Eames assembling a first Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, 1950.
Verner Panton & co checking out the first version of the Panton chair, 1960.
Yrjö Kukkapuro with a prototype of his Karuselli chair, 1964.
Olli Mannermaa and Olof Pira work on chairs, 1954.
BONUS! – Designers looking at prototypes
Arne Jacobsen observing his famous Egg chair, 1958.
Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll evaluating a Tulip base, 1955.
Hans Wegner observing a small prototype of his papa bear chair, 1950.
Tapio Wirkkala looking at a pot in the Finlandia series
Poul Kjaerholm observing PK22 chair frames