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Mid-Century Modern's New Gold Standard

Fifty years after the release of the original Platner Collection, the famous furnishings are getting a gorgeous, gilded makeover.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen August 26, 2015

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The Platner arm chair and stool in 18 karat gold plate.

The list of modern and contemporary furniture designs that have become household names is a short one: Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chair, the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Noguchi Table, the iconic recliner by Ray and Charles Eames and, of course, the Platner Collection.

Designed in 1962 by Warren Platner and released by Knoll in 1966, the steel wire base tables and chairs combined the utility of industrial materials with "decorative, gentle and graceful" curves, as Platner put it, reshaping the look of modern furniture and gracing design-conscious living and dining rooms around the world.

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A Platner table requires as many as 1,000 welds.

For the collection's 50th anniversary, Knoll is releasing new versions of the full line plated in 18 karat gold. This isn't just a golden anniversary gimmick, either: Platner originally planned to include a gold finish on the pieces, but the process proved infeasible until recent technological advancements made it possible.

The result is a new Platner collection that's both familiar and completely fresh, and with gold trending ever higher in home decor, the pieces feel connected to both their mid-century heritage and to contemporary tastes.

The Platner collection in gold starts at $1,496 for a side table and goes up to $7,406 for a lounge chair, and is available at Sunset Settings

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