Eindhoven studio OS & OOS have unveiled a version of their Keystone chair upholstered in textiles from the Raf Simons collection for Danish company Kvadrat.
Made by Danish firm Please Wait to be Seated, the upholstered chair was designed by OS & OOS as a far more practical version of its concrete and ceramic predecessor, and is constructed around a wooden frame.
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The Keystone chair characteristics three distinct components that, according to designers Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen, are “abstracted and reassembled” interpretations of 3 crucial elements discovered in Roman bridges.
Peet and Mensen describe these as: “spanners – elements which connect the bridge to the surface and make certain this foothold does not slide or move – the elemental creating blocks, and the keystone, which when inserted completes the fundamental arch shape.”
The back is formed by a chunky angled element, representing the spanner, while one more arched-shaped section types the seat. These two pieces are joined with each other by the triangular-profiled “keystone”, which sits the opposite way round to how it would in a bridge.
Every single of these parts has been covered in a different textile from the collection developed by style designer Raf Simons for Kvadrat, which launched earlier this year.
“The three separate elements of the chair remain, but upholstered in three distinct colours and textiles from the collections,” said the designers, who saw the fabrics at Milan interior style retailer Spotti in the course of this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April.
“We have been rather [impressed by] how nicely the textile worked in contrasting combinations, which led us to the notion of employing it for the Keystone chair,” they told Dezeen.
With a concrete backrest and ceramic seat, the original chair was “as far from a commercial solution as it could get,” mentioned Peet and Menson. “We virtually see that chair as a pure investigation in building, form and function.”
The initial design weighed around 450 kilograms and was “constructed and formed around the idea of employing weight as the idea,” but the Raf Simons textiles have been used to soften its appearance for the new model.
“We did not count on the two chairs to feel so different from each and every other to be honest,” Peet and Mensen mentioned. “Proportionally they share every thing with each other, but the tactility of the supplies really set them apart. The use of concrete and stone fits so effectively with the original concept as does employing textile for the lighter version, it just appears to match.”
Original Keystone chair by OS & OOS