This Chair - Lensvelt

2004 Hans Lensvelt, the CEO of Lensvelt contract furniture, came to Richard with the question to design a chair with a wooden shell and a metal frame. This chair had to be stackable and connectable. Lensvelt also wanted a ‘no sign of design’ chair, a motto from Hutten’s early career. Gerrit Rietveld invented this typology in 1930 and it has become the common chair ever since . Richard search for a way to add something to the ones exciting. Hutten wanted This chair to have a thin shell. This would safe weight which is good for the people who have to stack them. It is also good for the environment, since less threes needs to be cut, in order to produce the chair. Hutten came up with the concept of bend edges. This gave a lot of extra strength and allowed to achieve his goal of reducing the thickness of the shell. An extensive research has been done into the comfort. The outline of the chair looks quite simple, but there is no straight line in the surface.The extreme curves in the seat, with the good lower back support and the flexibility of the shell makes This chair exceptional comfortable. Later a plastic version and a version of recycled PET felt were added to the family. Part of the permanent collection of The Chicago Art Institute and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam.

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