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Forty-five years ago in a factory in Michigan, architect Ray Wilkes was trying to make a new type of furniture using a machine that injected foam into a mold. These machines created rounded, molded forms in which stretch fabric could be seamed around the edges. These forms became known as Chiclets.

The above Chiclet we recently reshaped and upholstered for local designer, Nick Spain. The celery green boucle feels very midcentury, which is when Chiclets were created.

“The fact is, I like total simplicity,” says Ray Wilkes. “It’s the philosophy of my life. An architect once told me that I was a true minimalist. And minimalism isn’t just straight lines—the most important thing is the form, and the simplicity of making it.”

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