The Kilta chair was first introduced at the “Great Finnish Fair” (Suomen Suurmessut) held in 1955, where it also received an award. Martela began production of the plywood-framed Kilta chairs the following year. Further development resulted in the frame material being changed to expanded polystyrene in 1959. Today the frame is made of polyurethane.
Manufacture of the polystyrene-framed Kilta was based on a patent which enabled the frame to be moulded as one piece. The method was new, was extremely well suited for serial production and made automation of the production process possible. The groundbreaking manufacturing method revolutionised the chair industry. The Kilta chair itself was patented in 1968 and its upholstering method in 1974.
The chair was designed by Olli Mannermaa (1921-1998) on the basis of a plywood design he had first made in 1949 while still a student. Olli Mannermaa graduated as an interior designer in 1949 and was employed by Martela’s predecessor, Tehokaluste. He quickly rose to the front ranks of Finnish furniture designers, gaining an international reputation at the same time. In the 1950s, Olli Mannermaa became the first in Finland to exploit the potential of plastic in chair design. He also worked as a teacher of furniture design and made a major contribution to the development of Martela into a market leader in its field.
The chair ranks as one of the best-known of all time and has been included in the collection of MoMA, the esteemed Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Kilta chair series also includes Kilta and Mini Kilta chairs with disc and four-leg bases.
Product group: Seating Office chairs Conference / Meeting Lounge area / Waiting room Seating / seating systems Gastronomy Chairs Conference chairs Task chairs Waiting area chairs Restaurant chairs Visitors chairs / Side chairs Meeting room chairs Restaurant chairs height-adjustable open base open base with armrests with armrests with seat upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat in leather with seat in leather with base in aluminium with base in steel with base in steel with base in stainless steel with base in stainless steel with 4-leg base with four-leg base with swivel base with swivel base with disc base with disc base with 5-star base on castors with seat height adjustment with seat tilt adjustment with armrests fixed with seat and backrest upholstered with base in aluminium with base in stainless steel with 5-star base on castors …with armrests …with seat and backrest upholstered …with seat in leather …with base in steel …with base in stainless steel …with four-leg base …with disc base open base with armrests with seat and backrest upholstered with seat in leather with base in stainless steel with four-leg base
Designer: Olli Mannermaa
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