Nihau Side Chair by Kartell, Set of 2

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Nihau Side Chair by Kartell
Set of 2
designed by Vico Magistretti

Created by one of the great masters of Italian design, Nihau is a chair that combines a simple, minimalist design while being refined and incredibly chic. Its butterfly silhouette is flexible, light, elegant and delicately colored. The polypropylene seat is available in a wide range of tones. The support structure consists of slim tubes in chromed steel. The seat back of this side chair is slender and curvaceous. When crafting the Nihau Chair, Vico Magistretti took great pains to make sure it would be at home in both classic and contemporary settings.

Materials & Measurements

Shell: Smooth batch-dyed polypropylene
Frame: Chrome-plated steel

Overall: 31.5" h x 18.5" w x 24.4" d
Seat height: 18.1"
Weight: 10.56 lbs

About The Manufacturer

KartellCreativity and technology, glamour and functionality, quality and innovation: a combination of extraordinary factors together with a strategic vision of distribution has contributed to the lasting success of Kartell. By cultural and entrepreneurial choice, since its origins in 1949 the Italian manufacturer has chosen to characterize itself as the market leader in the production of designers articles which use technology and plastic materials. This choice requires a great understanding of materials and transformation technology. A leader in furniture design, Kartell addresses an international audience with a collection unique in originality, variety, size, and range.

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Vico MagistrettiVico Magistretti
Vico Magistretti was born in Milan in 1920. He graduated from the Polytechnico in Milan in 1945. In the wake of the devastation of World War II, the young architect was inspired by modernist ideals. He sought to create a new kind of design which was simple, functional, rational, elegant -- and anonymous. He wanted to produce "anonymous traditional objects" which seemed to have evolved organically rather than to have been designed. This attitude was evident already in the first pieces he exhibited in the late forties, including bookshelves suspended from metal tubes, a bookcase which resembled a ladder, and stackable tables. Magistretti has influenced generations of designers with his emphasis on what he calls "concept design." Concept design, he says, "starts from a precise executive and functional concept and is so simple that it endows the object with its distinctive character." This type of design is so simple that it can be described without a drawing. He rejects the opposite way of working, which he calls "styling design" and which means useless or redundant decoration. In the course of his long and productive career, Vico Magistretti has won innumerable awards and honors, including three Compasso d'Oro awards. His work is in museums worldwide. In his Milano studio, he continued to create designs whose simplicity and freshness express the essence of his spirit until he passed away in October 2006.

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Product Q&A

Q: Can the Nihau Chair be used outside?
A: No, it is not suitable for outside use.

Q: Can the Nihau be stacked?
A: Yes, it stacks 4 chairs high.

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    Is this chair comfortable to sit in for longer periods at the dining table?
    Asked on 1/29/2011 by Prarie Woman from Chicago, IL

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    • Smart Furniture Staff Reviewer


      The contoured seat and flex in the back make for quite a pleasant lengthy meal at the dining table. If you don't believe us, contact us at and we'll do our best to help you find a local retailer who might have the chair on hand for you to try out. They may not let you eat a lengthy meal in their store though.

      Answered on 1/31/2011 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
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