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Iconic Design Love: The Acapulco Chair

Hailing from the 1950s and ‘60s is the iconic Acapulco chair, whose clever designer is strangely unknown. The story goes that while visiting Acapulco in the 50s, a French tourist was uncomfortably hot sitting in a solidly-constructed chair in the Mexican sunshine. Inspired by the open string construction of traditional Mayan hammocks nearby, he designed a chair fit for the modern tropics.

True or not, this chair clearly integrates the traditional weaving technology with ergonomic comfort and retro-modern style. It is usually made of vinyl cords on a metal, slightly pear-shaped frame, whose bright colors beckon the idea of a tropical getaway. While the Acapulco chair has most commonly been used as outdoor lounge seating, it has recently founds its place in interiors while giving off a folk, modern, and glamorous flair.