Warren Platner

Warren Platner

Best characterized by its striated pedestal base, the Platner chair has been likened to both Eero Saarinen's Tulip chair and a glamorous sheaf of wheat. Indeed, classic motifs fantastically modernized are a repeated theme of Warren Platner pieces. Among the best illustrations? We crown his 1976 styling of the "Windows on the World" Restaurant. A lounge that famously haloed the North World Trade Center tower, Platner veiled it in kaleidoscopic mirrors, brass, and dozens of his signature chairs before setting it ablaze in fiery hues of sunset orange. Critics fittingly deemed it a “Modern Versailles.”

Top