Inspired by Herbst

Sandows Chair

Inspired by Herbst

Sandows Chair

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100% Made in Italy. Chromed or lacquered steel frame. Seat/back and armrest with elastic cord covered in cotton black (also available in other colours on demand).
Exhibited for the first time at the Salone d’Automne in Paris in 1929, the “Sandows Chair” - which is extraordinarily modern even today - is a splendid example of René Herbst’s approach to industrial design and the innovation he carried into. An architect and interior decorator in love with modernity, Herbst earned the nickname of “man of steel”, being the first to use industrial metals, the materials of the modern world. According to the dictates of Functionalism, he believed that form should follow function and not vice-versa. The chair has a simple structure of steel tubes and the seat and back are made with a material that had never been used before (but absolutely modern and functional): the elastic strings that were used for holding packages on bicycles. It was probably manufactured by the Etablissements René Herbst firm, which the architect founded in Paris. On permanent exhibit at MoMa in New York. Chromed steel frame. Seat and back with elastic strings, covered with cotton.

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Dimensions L62 P55 H95 cm
Inspired by Herbst


  • CHROMAGE TOP: high thicknesschrome manual brushing and metal
R. Herbst


R. Herbst


They call me the man of steel, but they don’t know that steel is the easiest material to bend.

French born but trained in London, René Herbst worked in many architecture studios in London and Frankfurt, after study tours which also brought him to visit Russia and Italy. In his early works, the influence of the Arts and Crafts and Jugendstil movements is clearly notable. Together with Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray, among others, he founded the Union des Artistes Modernes in Paris in 1929, as a reaction to the decorative excesses of the dominant Art Deco style. Herbst was a precursor in the use of industrial metals, and manufactured his furniture in the factory he himself founded.

The chair designed by Herbst and presented at the 1929 Salon d’Automne in Paris became popular: tubular steel structure, seat and back in elastic strings, normally used for holding packages on bicycles. In addition to architecture and design, Herbst also worked on shop windows and lighting displays. Captivated by the “modern world”, he was firmly convinced that bringing art “to the street” was the best way to bring together the cities of the 20th century.