In 1938 Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari created their ‘BFK Chair’ in Buenos Aires. Cuero refined the design of their ‘La Mariposa’, or the ‘Butterfly chair’ over 15 years to make it most comfortable in the world.
A classical piece of furniture, Cuero’s design is made deep in the Swedish forests. With its Argentinian background and 25 years of leather experience, Cuero has a clear focus on quality and sustainability
The vast grasslands of Argentina covering major parts of the country is called ‘la Pampa’. The herds of cattle feed on what nature has to provide. The hides of these cows become unique. Using the best available Italian leather, Cuero’s slow vegetable tanning method prepares the characteristic thick leather. Further crafting by skilled saddle makers before being applied to our Pampa Mariposa chairs, fulfil the perfection.
Read the story of the Pampa Mariposa below.
The Pampa Mariposa is available with a standard black frame, or matt chrome frame.
Choice of leather:
870 mm (width) x 860 mm (depth) x 920 mm (height).
100% full grain leather
4 mm thick vegetable tanned Italian leather
12 mm solid Swedish steel
Weight: 12 kg
Steel is cut and bent with precision while a human touch is required to carefully select the best leather.
4 mm thick leather guarantees that your chair will maintain its shape forever.
Miko Designs offers free shipping throughout metro Australia for the Mariposa Chair.
The story of the Mariposa Chair
In the late 1930’s two young architects Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy returned to Buenos Aires with Antonio Bonet i Castellana, a Catalonian colleague and friend with whom they had been collaborating. Together, the three of them brought a clear vision for a modern version of Fenby’s 1877 ‘La Tripolina’ chair. Unveiled in 1938, their chair featured a 12 mm steel frame and a heavy-duty leather seat.
Only a few examples were produced. Despite winning some awards, the chairs were left unsold in a Buenos Aires store. Two of the chairs were finally brought to the US, one of which went to Fallingwater, and the other which can still be admired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Some years after the World War II, a new generation was ready for the trio’s seating concept. Originally named the ‘BKF’ (the initials of the three designers), the design became known as the “Butterfly Chair” or the “Bat”. Mass production took off in the 1950s and 1960s.
After more than 25 years in the leather industry, four new and exciting versions of this modern classic are now being produced in Sweden.