Eye On Design: Z Chair and Serie Fil Multi-Function Table By François Arnal

z chair and serie fil table photo by gail worley
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François Arnal (19242012) was a multidisciplinary French artist who was primarily known as a painter and sculptor. In 1968 he set up Atelier A (Workshop A) to publicize the works of furniture designers. I recently popped into art furniture gallery Demisch Denant on  West 12th Street and was thrilled to find that they had two of Arnal’s most iconic peices on display! Let’s take a closer look.

francois arnal z chair photo by gail worley
Z Chair (1970)

Arnal’s Serie Fil (Wire Series) consists of various furniture designs in bent-to-shape chromed metal. His minimalist Z Chair is one of his most popular designs from the series. A vintage Z Chair in good condition can sell for around $1800.

z chair photo by gail worley

z chair and serie fil table photo by gail worley

The Serie Fil Multi-Function Table  features two chromed triangular wire bases and a glass table top. The table can be configured as a console (desk, show here) at a height of  28-inches, or as a low table (coffee) table standing 15 inches off the ground. Very cool!

sirie fil console table photo by gail

z chaired serie fil table photo by gail

In 1975, François Arnal  returned to painting and sculpture and also began writing novels and plays. He died in Paris in 2012.

Photographed in Demisch Danant in NYC.

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