Munich style studio Formstelle has created a subtly patterned lounge chair for iconic furniture brand Thonet.
Inspired by “collars, covers, shells and underwater worlds”, the Lounge Chair 808 comprises a difficult outer shell surrounding quilted upholstery.
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The fabric functions a “wave impact” created by Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner of Formstelle specially for this solution.
“We tested several sandwich cushion structures with distinct pillow fillings in collaboration with Thonet’s upholstery workshop,” Kleine and Kürschner told Dezeen. “The final high grade upholstery consists of integrated springs and a properly-balanced mixture of foam materials.”
The designers then worked with German textile manufacturer Rohi to create a bespoke woollen yarn with honeycomb structure for the chair.
The fabric, referred to as Soul, is offered in thirteen colours, with further material possibilities like leather, fabric and formed fleece, and matching decorative seams.
The internal structure is made making use of rotationally moulded thermoplastic resin and a layer of polyurethane foam moulding.
The frame of the lounge chair is accessible in wood with bentwood components, flat steel, or tubular steel in different colours. A mechanism hidden inside enables a number of seat and backrest positions, such as a full recline. An auto-return spring brings the chair back to its original position.
“The chair was inspired by a simple longing for furniture that brings us to a state of contemplation,” said the designers.
The Thonet Lounge Chair 808 will debut at the imm Cologne trade fair in January 2015.