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Gian Legler furniture design

Gian Franco Legler furniture designer

Legler was born in Switzerland and grew up in Italy. He studied architecture in Zurich until relocating to the US to specialise in industrial design

With a fascinating background spanning architecture, interior design and chemical plastics, Legler's early designs still resonate today. His most widely acclaimed design, the Basket Chair (1951), received a good design award from the MoMA in New York. Originally designed for a restaurant in Italy, its beauty and simplicity have made it a classic the world over.

In 1961 Legler returned to Zurich, continuing his work as a designer until 2007.