Stockholm 2020 – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed ROPE CHAIR for Finnish company ARTEK. “More like a silhouette than a solid block, the Rope Chair is a line drawing translated into three dimensions, a simple artistic gesture rendered in space.” Explain at ARTEK.
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Rope Chair “is a synthesis of contrasts: sophisticated engineering and creative expression, solid structure and flexible elements, stiff tubes and pliable rope,” say French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Made for marine use, the rope is at the heart of the chair’s unexpected comfort. As a weight-bearing part of the construction, it allows the chair to adapt to those who use it. “Where other chairs dictate a specific way of sitting, the Rope Chair invites creativity in posture, encouraging dynamic movement and changes in position”.
When the sitter rises, the chair’s frame bears the traces of the body it last supported, the imprint of a user who co-defines its shape. Available in black or light grey, Rope Chair has a steel tubing frame and a seat made of form pressed beech plywood and ash veneer. Its most prominent feature – the rope – is made of black polyester or natural flax, depending on colour version.
The Bouroullec brothers have also designed the a wall hook named Tupla which means “double” in Finnish. The design is a storage fundamental, a practical and simple tool for hanging objects on the wall.
“Some wall hooks can also be ornaments, decorative details that add beauty where they are hung,” explain the designers. The design is made of black powder coated die-cast zinc and has the air of a line drawing brought into three dimensions, a simple sketch, translated into space.
ARTEK stands for the union of art and technology, for bringing together industrial production with artistic sensibility. From its earliest days, ARTEK has pursued what Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius famously referred to as a “new unity” between the two spheres.
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