shark chair

shark chair

Design René Holten, 2011
Chromed steel, upholstery
Made in The Netherlands by Artifort

At Salone del Mobile 2011, Artifort presented the Shark chair - a new, extremely comfortable dining and meeting chair designed by René Holten. A model that acquired its name because its profile resembled that of the feared predator. However, you have nothing to fear from this shark. On the contrary, It's an extremely comfortable chair to sit on. Sturdy with extra back support. A delightful chair for a long evening around the table, or for a productive meeting.

Rene Holten is a graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven. His first design for Artifort was the DoDo in 1997, which immediately won the best Dutch Furniture Design in 1998. Holten enjoys sober, clean lines of design and seating. A large number of his designs are now included in the Artifort collection. The Lotus chair, received the Good Industrial Design award in 2009. And his Mare & More Mare sofa series is a favorite item in many living rooms. The Pinq Lounge bears his unmistakeable signature - an almost sculptural design and yet surprisingly comfortable.

The Shark gets its shape from a steel insert frame and a wooden seat that is then foam covered and upholstered. The shark is available with a 4-leg or sled-base.

23.6" w | 33" h | 25.6" d | seat: 18.1" h

$1,129.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this item to be created, shipped and delivered)

Rene Holten

Rene Holten (b. 1961) was born in the Netherlands and studied Architectural Design at the Academy of Arts in Maastricht, in the Netherlands, graduating in 1987. He established his architecture office in Switzerland in 1988. In 1990, he worked for the architect Wiel Arets. He graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands, studying industrial product design. By 1993 he started his own industrial design office.
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans. In 1890, he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the 1930’s and was already well known nationally. The economic recession of the nineteen thirties forced H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, as the furniture company was then known, to create a distinctive profile. The emphasis came to lie on functionality, comfort, and quality combined with aesthetically pleasing design and an innovative use of materials. The new brand name became Artifort, derived from the Latin word 'ars' meaning “art or knowledge”, and 'fortis' meaning “strong or powerful.”
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