Platner worked in Eero Saarine's office in teh early to mid sixtiess , Platner unveiled his seminal collection of chairs, ottomans and tables in 1966. Produced by Knoll International , each piece rested on a sculptural base of nickel-plated steel rods resembling a "shiny sheaf of wheat", according to the Knoll catalogue.
Production was complicated. The sculptural bases were made of hundreds of rods, and for some chairs, required more than 1,000 welds. An intricate cylindrical mesh steel base, creating a unique architectural play between the interior and exterior space, supported the upholstered seat.
The collection has been in continuous production since its introduction, highlighting the ever-growing interest in mid-century modern design.
Platner outlined the definition of a 'classic' as being, "something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it".