Harking from the Acapulco of its name, this classic Mexican chair has a history that is hard to pin down. From all records, it appears that the design first came into existence when a random tourist decided to conjure up something between a chair and a hammock, and the rest… as they say… is design history.
These days, there are a number of companies producing Acapulco chairs, but there are a few reason to fall in love with these perfectly proportioned, jewel-coloured Acapulco Mini chairs from OK Designs.
Not only are they utterly gorgeous to look at and made from a PVC that is free of phthalates and heavy metals, they are also the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between this Danish design team and a Mexican manufacturer in the heart of a tough Mexican neighbourhood.
The success of the OK Design team helps to move young adults off the streets of this neighbourhood and into good paying jobs, where the wages are three times minimum wage and working conditions are as sage as possible.
And of course, there is the benefit for those of us who happen to buy one, two or more of these fabulously iconic chairs, as we watch our children sitting back Hollywood-style, in the same way that all those celebrities did back in the 50s, 60s and 70s when they were Having Fun In Acapulco, as Elvis so aptly put it.
Designer Details Creative director and partner in OK Design Kirsten Krogh was born in 1979 in Copenhagen and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture in 2006. Since then, she has lived, worked, and studied in Edinburgh, New York, and Mexico City. In 2008 she founded Oficina Kreativa, today the short version OK Design, together with her partner Jacob Fasting.