The Rex (“king” in Latin) is named for its designer, Niko Kralj, whose last name translates to “king” in Slovenian. A key figure in postwar industrial design, Kralj endured a tragic childhood – losing his father when he was 16, then being imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps along with his mother and siblings – that left him the only survivor of his family by age 21. Kralj responded to these heartbreaks by passionately pursuing his love of design, earning a degree in architecture and finding a job at Slovenia’s largest bentwood factory, Stol Kamnik. It was there that Kralj established a department of development and design, the first of its kind in the former Yugoslavia. An innovator in many fields, Kralj registered 118 patents in his lifetime, including one for his Rex Folding Chair (1952). One of the greatest examples of Slovenian industrial design, the Rex Chair put Kralj and his country on the international stage. In 1962, Kralj’s achievements in architecture and design earned him a Prešeren Award, the highest Slovenian award for culture, awarded to only a few artists annually. The Rex Chair is included in the permanent collection at MoMA. This is an authentic Rex chair, produced under license from the Kralj estate. Made in Slovenia.
Solid European beech wood and curved beech plywood; galvanized steel hardware; water-based varnish or painted finish.