‘Bunny’ armchair type 300-177

Before you ask – yes, you are right. It is quite obvious why the armchair type 300-177 is called a bunny (‘zajączek’ or ‘króliczek’ in Polish).

The bunny was an extremely popular armchair, which could be found in Polish homes and cafes in the 1960s and 1970s. Its light form was perfect for both small interiors and large public spaces.

Armchair type 300-177 ‘bunny’. Photo: Zachęta

The design of the chair is attributed by some to Józef Chierowski, but experts on the subject refuse this, saying that there is no evidence to confirm the authorship. Although I understand why some people think that it may be Chierowski’s design, since the shape of the 300-177 resembles the 366 armchair.

Armchair 300-177 ‘bunny’ vs. armchair 366 by Chierowski

The type 300-177 armchair was made of beech wood. It has a light wooden structure and armrests in a characteristic triangle shape, reminiscent of the hare ears. The bunny was manufactured from the early 1960s in Świebodzińskie Fabryki Mebli (not to be confused with Dolnośląskie Fabryki Mebli in Świebodzice) and Gościcińskie Fabryki Mebli.

Product technical info

Designer / Date? / circa 1960
ManufacturerDolnośląskie Fabryki Mebli w Świebodzicach, from 1970 Gościcińska Fabryka Mebli
Country of originPoland
Size (HxWxD) cm71 x 67 x 64.5 cm

Notes: Images cotozafotel.pl, vinterior.co

Writing this article, I sourced the informations from webpages: cotozafotel.pl, and books: Irma Kozina, Polski design, Wydawnictwo SBM, Warszawa 2015 and Katarzyna Jasiołek, Asteroid i półkotapczan, Wydawnictwo Marginesy 2020.