Chair Classics: Solair by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini

Image credit: Industries Emile Lachance

Being as this past Friday was Canada Day for those of us up north, it seems a fitting time to profile one of the most iconic of pieces of modern furniture to ever come out of Canada — the ubiquitous Solair Chair.

The Solair was designed in 1972 by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini, a pair of Montreal based architects. According to The Canadian Design Resource, the story goes:

“The two newly minted designers were recruited by Industries Provinciales, Saint-Damien (Québec) to rework the concept of a Canadian-designed, comfortable and stylish, modern indoor and outdoor chair. Using new injection moulding plastic technology and steel framing, the chair was designed over the space of one weekend so as to meet a pressing contract deadline.”


Image credit: Industries Emile Lachance

It’s been nearly 40 years since it’s inception and the Solair is still going strong. It is now available in a variety of original and updated colors, and still looks just as good in a living room or on a balcony as it did in the 70’s. I think it is safe to say that Fabio and Michelange should be rather proud of their one weekend’s work.

Image credit: Canadian Design Resource.

The chairs are available at Vancouver Special on the west coast for a very reasonable $130 a piece, and are also carried at select retailers across North America. Visit the Solair Chair‘s official facebook page if you would like to locate a retailer in your area and/or learn more about this Canadian design classic.


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