the machine age seat.
famous name, famous stool: the singer sewing machine chairs are typical representatives of „nameless“ industrial design, because the „designer“ wasn’t invented yet. but at the same time they are sought-after icons of the machine age. maybe, because they are the antithesis of the „good living room“: functional, indestructible, showing „work ethics“.
the singer company, founded in 1851 by isaac merritt singer, was soon the largest sewing machine manufacturer in the world. but it wasn’t until half a century later that singer brought its own specially designed chairs and stools onto the market, which were intended specifically for the textile industry. the heavy cast iron frames provided stability, some of them could even be screwed into the floor. early examples had detailed „lion feet“, later the design was simplified.
The Singer stools are becoming increasingly rare. We have nevertheless found two specimens in excellent condition. They differ especially in the shape of the feet and in the thickness of the seat plate. The so called „frog feet“ indicate a somewhat older piece, they are perforated for screwing down the stool to the bottom of the workstation. The „star foot“ is straighter and not perforated. In both cases the brand name „Singer“ has been cast in several times. Both are height adjustable.
more about the singer history: http://www.singer.ag/firmenhistorie.html;
additional information sourced from brigitte durieux: „les objets culte du mobilier industriel“ &
mak wien: „industriemöbel – prototypen der moderne“