knotted chair

knotted chair

knotted chair

Design Marcel Wanders, 1996
Carbon, aramide fiber cord, epoxy
Made in Italy by Cappellini

Marcel Wanders appeals to the imagination because it realized the designer's age-old dream: making something soft and flat become rigid and three-dimensional by means of a couple of technical inventions.

By a surprising marriage of handcraft and industrial technology this lightweight chair is born. The rope is made of an aramide braid and carbon center is knotted into the shape of the chair. The slack texture is then impregnated with epoxy and hung in a frame to harden. Gaudi revisited: gravity creates the final shape. The transparent appearance of the chair misleads you, the knotted fiber, which doesn't want to collapse looks strange, alien perhaps. The chair invites to touch and try. Despite all its modern technology there is a lovely doltishness, which brings out its individual and personal character. Some products are a forerunner, a come out to new inventions, materials and technolody. The Knotted chair is such a product.

Marcel Wanders grew up in Boxtel, the Netherlands and graduated cum laude from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. His fame started with the iconic Knotted Chair in 1996. He is now designing for the biggest European contemporary design manufacturers including Moooi of which he is also art director and co-owner. He works on architectural, interior design and consumer home appliances. His designs have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions around the world.

21" w | 25.25" d | 27.25" h | seat: 12.5" h

$4,184.00 + $195.00 curbside delivery in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this chair to be created and shipped to your location)

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders (1963) was born and raised in Boxtel, the Netherlands, and graduated cum laude from the Institute of the Arts Arnhem in 1988, after briefly attending the Design Academy Eindhoven. Wanders first drew international recognition for his 'Knotted Chair' produced by the Dutch design brand Droog, in 1996. The 'Knotted Chair' has since been acquired by the permanent collection of the MoMA. From his studio in Westerhuis, Amsterdam, he designs for manufacturers, such as: Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, Droog and Moooi.
Born into a family of furniture manufacturers, Giulio Cappellini began working for the family company in 1979, after earning his degree in architecture and studying business management. By the early 1980’s, Guilio’s leadership brought the Cappellini company into the world market from its three decade run as a handicraft furniture business. Hoping to expand the styles and materials used, Guilio scouted designers, bringing Jasper Morrison, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Marcel Wanders, Marc Newson, and Tom Dixon into the fold. Now, the firm boasts a varied, comprehensive collection rather than a singular style. Still, there are common threads: refined simplicity, dynamism, liveliness, humor.
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