You can see from the book "Art of the Forties" published by MOMA Publisher
The Museum of Modern Art: Distributed by H.N. Abrams
2) What is the most characteristic part of the way we craft, unique for this product?聽
3) What is the most difficult step while crafting the chair?聽
4) Where are the challenges by crafting it by hand instead of using machines?聽
5) Where do we take the leather?聽
se them, the softer the leather becomes.聽
6) Is the leather treated or untreated?聽If I spill a glass of water, would it have water spots?
Every leather is treated and not absorbs water easily. If water or wine is spilled we would recommend to use a cotton fabric immediately and put the leather cover at sun for at least 2 hours in order to get it dry faster.
7) Difference between Polo leather and Vaqueta leather.
Polo leather is almost double thicker than Vaqueta leather, 3,2 mm of thickness VS 1,8 mm. Polo leather is the same leather used to craft polo boots and saddles. Polo leather needs more time of using to mold and get the body shape. The more you use them, the softer the leather becomes.聽
8) I have old frames at home and would like to buy only the leather covers. What dimensions do you need?
There are 3 or 4 different frame dimensions around the World, if you have an old frame please check the frame dimensions and we can quickly craft a custom leather cover for your frame.
Just let us know which size do you have:聽
You can order custom leather cover here in Polo leather (329 USD each) or Vaqueta leather (279 USD each).
9) Difference between Polo London and Polo Malbec color.
Both are dyed using the same brown vegetable tanning but the Polo Malbec has a reddish touch.
10) Shipping company & time:
BIG BKF Buenos Aires聽works with FedEx and DHL Express聽to bring all of our clients fast and reliable shipping. We guarentee our product to arrive within聽5 business days聽from the time of purchase.
We are now offering free FedEx or DHL shipping worldwide!
As soon as your order is ready to be shipped, we will email you the tracking number. All the packages are shipped from our Workshop located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.聽
11) Original dimensions from 1938.聽Butterfly iron leather chair dimensions:
Carrying box and tote bag (chair disassembled):
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 42 inches (106 cm) high
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 6 inches (16 cm) wide
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 6 inches (16 cm) depth
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽33 inches (83 cm) height
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽30 inches (76 cm) wide at top (from the middle of the curve)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽26 inches (66 cm) wide at buttom聽(from the middle of the curve)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽42 inches (106 cm) diagonal (from the middle of the curve)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽31 inches (78 cm) depth
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽32 inches (81 cm) side curves distance same side聽
Seat leather cover:
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽33 inches (84 cm) top wide
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽31,5 inches bottom wide (80 cm)
聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽50 inches length diagonal (128 cm)
Weight of the chair + leather = 11 kg / 24 lbs. 聽
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12) Tripolina Wooden frame leather chair dimensions:
The Tripolina is a little bit smaller than our Big BKF iron chairs.
36 inches (91 cm) height
28 inches (71 cm) wide
29 inches (74 cm) depth
Folded up and inside carrying tote bag = 42 inches high (106 cm)
Seat leather cover:
28 inches (71 cm) top wide
27 inches (69 cm) bottom wide
41 inches (104 cm) length
Weight of the chair + leather = 6.4 kg / 14 pounds
MEASUREMENTS: 36"H x 28"W x 29"D // 91cm H x 71 W x 74 D
MATERIALS: Argentinian saddle leather + lenga fueguina wood + iron hinges
3 FRAME COLORS: Natural light wood, Oak wood and Wengue (black) wood.
13) How we ship the chair?
聽鈥⒙燑strong>Recyclable:聽Since it is 100% polypropylene.
聽鈥⒙燑strong>Waterproof:聽Do not change their physical properties when immersed in water or other aqueous products.
鈥⒙燑strong>Resistant to chemicals:聽It is inert to most chemicals, organic and inorganic, including acids, bases and salts.
鈥⒙燑strong>Soft:聽It resembles, at low weights, the texture of a fabric.
鈥⒙燑strong>Porous:聽Air permeable and impermeable to small solid particles (dirt, dust, etc.) and liquids under certain conditions.
鈥⒙燑strong>Heat resistant:聽Does聽not begin to shrink to 110 潞 C and melts at 130 潞 c.
14) The leather will stretch?
With regards to the fit of the leather, after sitting in the chair for a week or so, it should mold and stretch to look like the chairs on the site- the more you use them, the softer the leather becomes.聽
15) How to care the leather?
We can wash them at home using neutral soap or white soap. It may also be detergent. You rinse well, and in the last rinse you add fabric softener. You extend with all the water and wait for it to dry. You can sprinkle moth spray, on the market are several brands. If the wool is very tangled, before hanging it to dry brush it with stiff bristle brush in the direction of the hair.聽
16) Online Purchasing
All of our orders can be聽placed online through our secure automated store聽managed by聽PayPal聽and/or by clicking the red button at the top right of your screen accessible from any part of our site.
We聽accept all major credit cards聽for online payment.
17) Return Policy
We are a small Workshop located in Buenos Aires and every sell is a big investment for us so we stand behind the quality of everything we sell. We make every effort to select and bring hand-made products of the highest-grade materials crafted by highly skilled artisans.
If there is a problem with your order, contact us within three (3) days of receipt via e-mail at聽info@yihuie.cn聽If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect item, we will work with you to make things right.
As we are in Argentina and the shipping costs are expensive, we do not accept returns but we are more than happy to send a replacement piece instead. Please only purchase our items if you are a serious buyer.
18) Advantages of vegetable tanning
Vegetable tanning is friendly to the environment, which means that a product that can be recycled.
Vegetable tanning is an ancient tradition in Argentina and also around the World, so most of the tanneries have very skilled craftsmen who produce leather
Due to the use of natural tannins, vegetable tanning products are unique and have their own life. They are not the same throughout his life, but constantly changing to better
The colors are vegetable tanning produces rich, warm tones that look completely natural
Vegetable tanned leathers are more valuable, and therefore sell at a higher price compared to chrome tanned leathers
Disadvantages of vegetable tanning
The average time of vegetable tanning process is similar to that of chromium, but can take up to 65 days to produce sheep skin leather.
Vegetable tanned products are more expensive. It requires more skill to tan the leather, which means they are better quality
The colors that can result from vegetable tanned are limited
Once we get the leather from the tanneries we re-select them again and we start cutting the edges and skin parts that are not useful at our Workshop.
21) Where are the first 2 original butterfly leather chairs?聽
In 1938,聽three architects (members of an association known as Grupo Austral,聽one officially Catalan, Antonio Bonet Castellana, and two Argentines, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy) presented the chair at a Buenos Aires exhibition. The design so impressed Kaufmann, then an industrial-design curator for the Museum of Modern Art, that he promptly imported one for his parents鈥 new weekend house, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright鈥檚 Fallingwater. He imported another for the museum too.聽After winning the award in 1943, the American Edgar Kaufman Jr., curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), bought two chairs for $25 each.聽One was for the museum's permanent collection, the other for his father's home, a collector of high design, as he had a house in Neutra, another in Mies, and the other third was the famous Falling Water house of Frank Lloyd Wright, which was where the BKF came to reside. 聽
In 1944, BKF received the Acquisition of MOMA prize, and in 1945 was presented in the Pavilion "Jeu de Pomme" in Paris.
When Knoll acquired the U.S. production rights in 1947, a phenomenon was born. The chair鈥檚 metal base and sack seat represented a rejection of what MoMA's聽current design curator Juliet Kinchin calls 鈥渢he hard-edged kind of machine aesthetic of modernism in the 1930s.鈥 The Hardoy was also a rejection of good posture and formal clothing. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an impossibly improper chair,鈥 Hannah says. 鈥淲omen have to have pants on to sit in it.鈥 Young families bought it in droves. By Knoll鈥檚 estimate, more than five million copies were produced in the 1950s.
There the chair was seen by the director of the magazine Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, where he asked for it and began to produce them to sell to subscribers.聽 He used the name 鈥淎A chair鈥? although this was not economically beneficial to the original designers when compared to the production in the U.S. Soon after, the company Hans Knoll started production of the armchairs. The son of a renowned furniture maker in Germany began to produce them under the name Butterfly for the company Knoll International beginning in 1947, until the war stopped production because of the shortage聽of steel.
In a 1954 article, George Nelson introduced聽the Tripolina, the chair used by the Italian officers in North Africa, more or less聽a folding BKF, but with a wooden frame. Thus was established the connection between the BKF and Tripolina.聽
Difficult to know exactly where they are but please do not worry about that, we are crafting exactly the same model as the original, keeping the hand art work and high quality leather that was used when these 3 visionary guys launched the chair in 1938.
22) Why it's considered the Messi of the design?
The BKF is considered one of the pieces of the most prominent modernist industrial design and distributed the last half century, and is without a doubt, the Argentine design product most known worldwide.聽Its impact, both in the design and pop culture, lies聽in its clear synthesis, achieving universal and timeless qualities. Its creators, architects Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari Hardoy never imagined the global impact that this chair would have, to the point of becoming a 鈥渃ult object .
We labeled the Messi of the design.聽
23) Social impact: We are committed with our craft work and pass our know how generation to generation聽
We teach artisans and then we help them on how to make their own crafts and business. We are happy about people learning the way to craft and not loose our roots and old ways of crafting.聽