Walt Disney: Airline 009

the Walt Disney: Airline 009 chair

The Walt Disney Company, Disney Consumer Products has donated “Airline 009” by designer Cory Grosser to Product Timecapsule. The Airline 009 is inspired by a highly sought after Art Moderne product.

The Airline Chair, commissioned in 1934 by Walt Disney, was used by animators throughout Disney’s Burbank studio. Disney wanted a chair that would facilitate optimum production. Disney was a fan of the streamline style used in many products at the time and therefore chose the Airline Chair.

In 2007, California-based designer Cory Grosser was approached by Walt Disney Signature, Disney’s adult lifestyle brand, to design an armchair and ottoman inspired by the Airline Chair. Created with American black walnut and Elmo leather, the Airline 009 draws from the past but is very much an example of modern design.

In conjunction with this donation, Cory Grosser visited Rochester Institute of Technology and gave a lecture as part of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ Design Conversations lecture series. He also met with students and faculty of RIT’s industrial design program.