The International Competition for Low-cost Furniture was launched by @themuseumofmodernart in 1947. As they wrote, governments and industries were making every effort to find solutions for the housing problem, but nobody was paying any attention to design and the production of good, inexpensive furniture, despite the spectacular advances of technology. According to the competition brief, furniture had to be "adaptable to small apartments and houses". It should be "we'll-designed yet moderate in price". It should be "comfortable but not bulky" and should be "easily moved, stored and cared for; in other words, mass-produced furniture that is planned and executed to fit the needs of modern living, production and merchandising". Utzon and Korsmo's chair did not win (the first prize went to Knorr and Leowald, and second prize to Eames and Pratt) but their joint effort to find solutions, not just in architecture but in design, wonderfully exemplifies their desire to be in the forefront of the period.
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