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Knotted Chair

Chair
1996 (designed), 2005 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy
Brief Description
Knotted Chair, designed by Marcel Wanders, 1996, manufactured by Cappellini, 2005, aramid fibres around a carbon core, knotted and impregnated with epoxy.
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 macramé but is stiff.
Dimensions
  • Height: 730mm
  • Width: 510mm
  • Depth: 620mm
Dimensions of different examples of this chair may vary due to the production method.
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by Cappellini and Marcel Wanders
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
W.49-2005

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record createdAugust 25, 2005
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