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  • 06 Apr 2018

    Rex Lounge part of MoMA's permanent collection

    On 12th of February 2018, the acquiring committee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced the addition of the 1956 ‘Rex Lounge’ chair to their permanent collection. This marks an important moment in Slovenian design history and solidifies Rex Kralj’s founder, Niko Kralj, as a legend of 20th century industrial design.


    The Legacy of a King 

    While a notable designer in Slovenia during his day – Niko Kralj (1920-2013) received the highest Slovenian award for culture, the Prešeren Award, for his achievements in the field of architecture and design in 1962 – the designer has gone shamefully neglected for years. Thanks to a new direction at Rex Kralj, the forward-thinking inventor with an eye for clever solutions is now being heralded for his designs. The acknowledgment of his work by the esteemed Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City further exemplifies his important contribution to 20th century industrial design. 

     

    An Icon of 20th Century Industrial Design 

    The elegant, lightweight folding chair ‘Rex Lounge’ and its variations ‘Rex Chair’ and ‘Rex Rocking’, which date back to the 1950s and use a combination of molded plywood and routed slots, are at the heart of the Rex Kralj collection. Over the years these chairs have become enormously popular for their ability to move in and out of doors. Since their introduction in 1956, the Rex line of products has sold in excess of one million units. The ‘Rex Lounge’ has been included in the Collection of Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, Museum for Industrial Design in Prague, and now the MoMA in New York City.




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