Like many people, Bauhaus aesthetic makes us excited.
Especially the chairs made of the bent steel tube and black leather stripes – a timeless classic.
But the leather belts is the thing that bothered us. Since 1920s-30s the technology made a giant step forward, and we thought that there might be no need to use the leather to achieve this aesthetic. And we decided to try to find the good modern alternative ...
After some research we found a wonderful alternative – the polyester webbing. It’s a sturdy durable material that holds serious loads without any deformation.
Moreover, a lot of factories are producing it from the recycled plastic bottles, because it’s black and doesn’t require bleaching, which currently is the main problem of the recycled polyester industry.
For the chair frame, we took the oak directly purchased from the local sawmill that is consciously producing lumber. They are planting hundreds of trees each year to support the ecosystem.
Oak is solid and durable wood which was particularly good for our goals because we wanted to make the frame visually transparent to enhance the belts pattern.
We wanted our chairs to be simple and easy to make both limited edition and industrial scale.
That’s why we choose to use a simple straight square and rectangular profile boards and avoid a lot of glueing.
Most cuts are 90°.
Chair frame consists of 2 symmetrical parts, 4 horizontal stretchers and 4 pressing boards.
Whole construction requires only 4 glueing operations – everything else is simply screwed in place with bolts, which makes these chairs disassemblable and easy to transport flat packed.
After raw sketching, we immediately started with prototyping to test what would work and look good