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Platner, Warren

 

Architect and designer Warren Platner (1919-2006) was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Cornell University School of Architecture in 1941. He got his professional start working in some of the most prominent and interesting architecture practices in the country. Between 1945 and 1950 he worked for Raymond Loewy and I.M. Pei. He was a part of Eero Saarinen’s office from 1960-65, participating in the designs for the Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C., the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center and several dormitories at Yale University. It was after this extensive exposure to many innovative modern designers of the period, and having gathered a great deal of experience, that Platner opened his own office, Platner Associates, in Connecticut in 1967.

In the 1960s, working with the aid of a grant from the Graham Foundation and with the Knoll production team, Platner developed what is known as the Knoll “Platner Collection,” his major furniture contribution to the mid-century landscape. For this series of chairs, ottomans and tables, Platner designed both the structure and the production method. Production was complicated because the sculptural bases were made of hundreds of rods and for some chairs required more than 1,000 welds. An intricate cylindrical mesh steel base, creating a unique architectural play between the interior and exterior space, supported the upholstered seat. Compared, by the Knoll catalogue, to a sheaf of wheat, their shiny nickel finish alluded more to the technological innovations used to create their elegant, distinctly modern appearance. In creating these pieces he wrote that, “as a designer, I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style like Louis XV.” He also outlined the definition of a “classic” as being, “something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it,” a quality that has often been applied to this series of furniture.

Platner designed other office furniture and was also involved in a number of large architecture and interior design commissions in which he was often responsible for details down to the dishes and textiles, in addition to the furniture and textiles. Some of his major works were the interiors and lighting for the Windows on the World Restaurant in the World Trade Center, the Georg Jensen Design Center and WaterTower Place in Chicago.

Second Hand: about 50% online;
Collectors Items: about 25% online;
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Frequently copies or copy parts are added to the original Modern Classics and are offered as all genuine. Make sure to avoid disappointment and buy with a bonafide dealer.

Over almost 30 years BeBoB is an organization, founded as a foundation out of caring about the 20th century design in combination with recycling. BeBoB follows minimum allowed list prices or less in new classics and 
collects over the years good  industrial design objects as well as collectors items, which got sold for fair prices. BeBoB works as green as possible,brings a minimum of 10% of the profit to charity and is not focused on maximum profit money-wise and for that a good partner to deal with.  

Second Hand: about 50% online;
Collectors Items: about 25% online;
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New : list-price, discount often starts from 10% and if you trade products you get an extreme good price.
Vintage / Bottom End ; mostly 35% to 65% of the list-price, often redone by our atelier. We offer excellent service on a beautiful location. And ... we'll  try to find solutions in case you end up with any trouble with your purchase.
Collector's Items ; early produced products, more expensive but also a better investment.
We can find almost all Design Classics on request.

Second Hand: about 50% online;
Collectors Items: about 25% online;
More information by mail.