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Chassis Chair | Stefan Diez

2011, Designed for wilkhahn, Materials: steel, polypropylene, 78.5X53.7X57 cm
Courtesy of Pitaro

This chair is the first item of furniture produced entirely by an industrial technology used in automotive production. The steel frame of the backrest is made by pressing a weight of 300 tons; the chairs feet and joints are produced from remnants of the process; and the welding connecting the parts is completed by a computerized robot. At the end of the process, the seat-backrest, made of a quality polypropylene surface of 4 mm. in thickness, is attached. The production process used for the chair is efficient and economical; the final product consists of a liftable chair of 5.4 kilograms with a seat-backrest which is easily replaced, if necessary. Not only does the chair, which has remained simple and geared to the basic needs of the user, imitate the aesthetics of a trendy sports car and the form and structure typical of such cars, it is also produced with the precision of the most advanced technologies employed in car manufacturing.

Stephan Diez (b. 1971 in Germany) is an innovative designer who first worked with furniture as a cabinet maker in the early 1990's. Only later did he turn to studying design. In 2003 he founded his studio in Munich, and since then has been engaged in cooperative efforts with the largest and most renowned design companies in the world, among them Moroso and Established & Sons. Since 2007, he has held the position of Professor for Industrial Design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG - Karlsruhe).

Photo: Itay Benit

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