Thinking Man's Chair 2021 Edition
Working with Jasper Morrison and Giulio Cappellini, we have produced a worldwide exclusive edition of the iconic Thinking Man's Chair in a hot-dip zinc-galvanised finish to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Upon opening in 1996, Jasper Morrison was one of the first young designers we displayed in our Upper Street shop. In turn, we were one of just a handful of retailers offering Cappellini productions. Following our twenty-five year relationship with both Jasper Morrison and Giulio Cappellini, it felt only appropriate to celebrate our anniversary with the launch of an exclusive version of Morrison's seminal Thinking Man's Chair.
For our anniversary, we were keen to revisit our formative years and celebrate a design that was instrumental in both Morrison’s career and our reputation as a progressive design retailer. We recalled a conversation initiated many years ago, in which we considered how the Thinking Man’s Chair might be with a galvanised finish – akin to roadside railings that were utilitarian and indestructible, but with a crystalline finish.
"Not long after I designed the Thinking Man’s chair in about 1990, I came across a couple of young design dealers in Alfies Market in London and bought some Joe Colombo lights from them. The market stall became a shop selling new furniture, called twentytwentyone. And here we are thirty years on with one of my earliest designs in a new finish proposed by twentytwentyone. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier!"
“I love the idea of galvanized Thinking Man’s chair produced in 25 pieces. We can think to a numbered edition and I would like to call it TMC 2021 chair.”
In partnership with Jasper Morrison and Giulio Cappellini, we are pleased to offer the limited-edition TMC 2021 Chair with a new galvanised finish in hot-dip zinc. A sought-after collector's item, just 25 chairs are available, each consecutively numbered and marked with a stainless steel plaque.
As well as the Thinking Man’s Chair, we will be launching several other limited editions of classic designs as the year goes on. Each release celebrates a designer that has played an important part in our story – launches from the likes of Robin Day, Alvar Aalto, Anni Albers and Barber Osgerby, as well as a special 25-year anniversary event later in the year, are all to look forward to.