Photos of designers sculpting prototypes

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.

Eames Chaise prototype

Ahti Kotikoski carving the first Anatomia chair, 1968.

Ahti Kotikoski Anatomia

Charles and Ray Eames assembling a first Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, 1950.

Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair

Verner Panton & co checking out the first version of the Panton chair, 1960.

Verner Panton chair prototype

Yrjö Kukkapuro with a prototype of his Karuselli chair, 1964.

Yrjö Kukkapuro Karuselli

Olli Mannermaa and Olof Pira work on chairs, 1954.

Olli Mannermaa Kilta


BONUS! – Designers looking at prototypes

Arne Jacobsen observing his famous Egg chair, 1958.

Arne Jacobsen Egg chair prototype

Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll evaluating a Tulip base, 1955.

Eero Saarinen Knoll Tulip chair

Hans Wegner observing a small prototype of his papa bear chair, 1950.

Hans Wegner and papa bear prototype


Tapio Wirkkala looking at a pot in the Finlandia series

Wirkkala Finlandia prototype

Poul Kjaerholm observing PK22 chair frames

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 chair

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