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Chair - Knotted Chair

Knotted Chair

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (designed)
    Italy (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1996 (designed)
    2005 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wanders, Marcel, born 1963 (designer)
    Cappellini (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cappellini and Marcel Wanders

  • Museum number:

    W.49-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Marcel Wanders' Knotted Chair, made of rope wound around a carbon core, hardened with epoxy, was widely published as soon as it was made, and rapidly came to define a certain way of designing in the 1990s. It had the appearance of hand-knotted macramé but also incredible strength and durability. The chair grew out of a project called Dry Tech, a collaboration which aimed to combine the rough-and-ready low-tech aesthetics of Droog Design with the high-tech materials of the Aviation and Space Laboratory of Delft University of Technology. Once the fibres had been hand-knotted and soaked with epoxy, the form was draped upside-down over a mould to get the shape of the seat and back. The designer produced the first versions of the chair himself, before production was taken over by Cappellini in Italy.

Physical description

Chair constructed of strands of aramid fibre around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy. It looks like a loose piece of macrame but is stiff.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (designed)
Italy (manufactured)

Date

1996 (designed)
2005 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Wanders, Marcel, born 1963 (designer)
Cappellini (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy

Dimensions

Height: 730 mm, Width: 510 mm, Depth: 620 mm

Descriptive line

Knotted Chair, designed by Marcel Wanders, 1996, manufactured by Cappellini, 2005, aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy.

Labels and date

103-106

KNOTTED CHAIR
Designed by Marcel Wanders (Dutch, born 1963), 1996
Manufactured by Cappellini, Italy, 2005
Aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy

The chair grew out of a project called Dry Tech, a collaboration which aimed to combine the rough-and-ready low-tech aesthetics of Droog Design with the high-tech materials of the Aviation and Space Laboratory of Delft University of Technology. Once the fibres had been hand-knotted and soaked with epoxy, the form was draped upside-down over a mould to get the shape of the seat and back.

W.49-2005
Given by Cappellini and Marcel Wanders [12/07/2006]

Materials

Aramid; Carbon fibre; Multifunctional epoxy

Techniques

Knotting; Impregnation

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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