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Stacking chair - NXT-01 Chair

NXT-01 Chair

  • Object:

    Stacking chair

  • Place of origin:

    Sweden (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1991 (designed)
    1993 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karpf, Peter, born 1940 (designer)
    Swedese Mobler AB (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded plywood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Swedese Mobler

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This stacking chair is made as a single piece in one mould. It is formed by simply folding a single sheet of seven-layer plywood in two directions from the seat to create a back rest and side panels that act as legs. One critic described it as 'wood origami', a reference to the Japanese art of folding paper. The basic conical shape makes it easy to stack and groups of chairs can be joined with a clip at the base to form straight or curved rows.

The technique of moulding plywood was perhaps the greatest contribution to furniture design made by Scandinavian designers and manufacturers in the 20th century. Here the Swedish designer Peter Karpf has used it to create a simple, economical and elegant stacking chair.

Physical description

Chair made from a single sheet of plywood, with solid panel sides folded down from the sides of the seat to the floor in place of legs, and a solid panel folded up from the back of the seat as a back rest.

Place of Origin

Sweden (manufactured)


1991 (designed)
1993 (manufactured)


Karpf, Peter, born 1940 (designer)
Swedese Mobler AB (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded plywood


Height: 750 mm, Width: 510 mm, Depth: 460 mm

Descriptive line

Nxt-01 stacking chair, mahogany finish, designed by Peter Karpf and manufactured by Swedese Mobler AB. Sweden, 1993.

Labels and date

NXT-01 stacking chairs
Designed by Peter Karpf (Danish, born 1940)
Manufactured by Swedese Mobler AB, Vaggeryd, Sweden, 1993
Beech plywood

In the tradition of Scandinavian bent plywood furniture, these chairs are simple in form, light, compact and functional. Each chair is constructed froma single sheet of seven-layer plywood. Their basic conical shape makes them easy to stack and they can be joined with a clip to form straight or curved rows.

Twentieth Century Study Gallery, 103-106 [2001]







Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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