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Geoffrey Harcourt played a critical role in Artifort’s development and transition into the contract furniture market in the early 1960s. His series of distinctively styled, ergonomic desk chairs brought Artifort international recognition and helped fuel the company’s rapid growth and expansion. Harcourt trained at the Royal Academy of Art in London and has earned numerous international design awards and honors. 

In 1978 Geoffrey Harcourt received the prestigious title “Royal Designer for Industry” award by the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce). According to the RSA’s Action and Research Centre, the title was introduced in 1936 to honor designers of excellence and promote the important contribution of design in manufacturing and industry. Today, Geoffrey Harcourt is perhaps best known for his exceptional 500 Series of classic lounge chairs designed for Artifort in1967. The chairs illustrate Harcourt’s talent for balancing clean aesthetics with suburb ergonomics and comfort. His space-age creations remain timeless crowd pleasers and reinforce the continued appeal and enduring relevance of 1960s modern design.

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