Iconic – AA Butterfly
Every month, Goodmoods investigates a vintage iconic piece, the history of its creation and the details of its manufacture. An emblematic object to be hunted on leboncoin.
Paris, 1937, three young Argentinian architects – Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan & Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy – meet at Le Corbusier’s Parisian workshop. From there an idea germinated, that of revisiting a great classic of the military base: the Tripolina. Shortly afterwards, the Butterfly emerged from its chrysalis and flew away, propelled by an exhibition at MoMA and a commercial success that it owes to the American publisher Knoll.
Today, the Butterfly chair remains a great classic and is now published by the French publisher Airborne under the name AA. Both a symbol of freedom and an expression of informal elegance, it marks the advent of tubular furniture with its four curved steel legs. Deciphering and exploring the history of a folding armchair that has travelled through the ages, from military camps to the most extraordinary design interiors…
A thought that flies
The history of the AA Butterfly armchair actually starts in 1855 with the creation of the Paragon Chair, an icon of military equipment. Lightweight and " all-terrain ", the chair is used in campaigns by American officers, then travels to join the ranks of the British and Italian armies who take it to Libya and nickname it the Tripolina. The beginning of a long journey that will shape its image...
Today, it is the French publisher Airborne that produces the mythical armchair. It is moreover renamed AA in the 50s in reference to "Architecture d'Aujourd'hui ", the oldest French architecture magazine. Its traditionally suspended cover in fabric or leather has recently been revisited with perforated fabrics, Icelandic sheep's wool or chain mail.
CATCH THIS RARE BUTTERFLY.
Ideal for outdoor use and the holy grail of interior design, the armchair AA has been a victim of its own success and is often imitated. To avoid being mistaken: Airborne reissues are certified " AA Butterfly " and made in France with a reference number stamped on the structure. To find it leboncoin is a goldmine of good deals, and to help you shop with peace of mind, the site has recently set up a secure online payment and delivery system.