The Bibendum Sessel Frame Black was created by Eileen Gray for ClassiCon.
Grey was one of the great designers of the 20th century and a pioneer of the Modern Movement. Born in Ireland into an aristocratic Irish-Scottish family, she studied painting at Slade Art School. While in London, she developed a fascination for lacquer work which continued when she moved to Paris and worked with Japanese artist Seizo Sugawara.
Returning to London at the start of World War One, she established her reputation as a leading interior designer, specialising in decorative panels and lacquered walls as well as remarkable furniture. Her work has been ranked alongside the greats of 20th century design such as Le Corbusier and a retrospective exhibition was staged at the Pompidou Centre in 2013 to showcase her achievements.
Above all, the Bibendum Sessel Frame Black stands out as one of the most symbolic pieces of 20th Century furniture. Based on the Michelin man advertising icon created by Bibendum, it uses chromed steel tubing combined with a beech frame and is upholstered in Polyurethane with a polyester filling. It not only looks fantastic but was designed, just like the Michelin man, for friendly, all-round comfort.