A Penguin chair by Theo Ruth for Artifort, manufactured in the Netherlands in 1957. This iconic chair has been newly upholstered in black and grey fabric on a beech base. The seating and back and armrests are divided in two interlocking pieces, making it possible to change the seating for maximum comfort. In a good vintage condition, preserving a patina. Theo Ruth can be considered the pioneer of Artifort´s design traditions. After studying to be a furniture and interior designer in the Dutch city maastricht, he started working for Wagemans & Van Tuinen in 1936. First as a furniture maker and in 1939 he became head of the design and manufacturing department. Ruth was Artifort´s first permanent designer. He was well known for his cutting edge designs for mainly living rooms. His most famous chairs are the Congo (1952) and Penguin chair. He also inspired a lot of other designers at Artifort. Theo Ruth died in 1971, but his designs are still famous around the world as one of the highlights of Dutch design.