It is not every day we discover a chair that has been in development for four years. Nevertheless, this is exactly what the Fiber Chair, designed by Copenhagen design firm Iskos–Berlin for Muuto, is an example of. The Eames-like chair is going to be a part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, where designers Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner are going to reinterpret/re-frame the chair.
Even though the inspiration from Eames is present, the Fiber Chair is made out of eco-friendly materials. The shell is made from 25% wood fibre, 70% polypropylene and 5% coloured polypropylene, while the tube base is made from powder-coated steel. Other versions of the chair come with a swivel base, a sled base and a wood base made from solid oak wood.
“One of the most difficult and noble disciplines is to design without eccentricity. To create simple, well-functioning, almost ordinary objects that nevertheless have strong identities. We designed the Fiber Chair to do just that with a clear sculptural language that refuses to compromise on comfort,” says Aleksej Iskos and Boris Berlin, the designers behind the Fiber Chair.
In addition to being 100% recyclable, the wood fibre composite material also gives the chair a tactile texture. And due to these natural materials, each Fiber Chair is different with small variations in texture and colour.
“It is a chair stripped of all unnecessary layers, which leaves a chair with a seat, back and armrests that are integrated into one harmonious shell. It is perfect for nesting yourself into. The iconic form marries soft, embracing curves with an environmentally friendly wood fibre composite,” says Iskos and Berlin.
Sharing their hometown Copenhagen with Iskos–Berlin, Muuto makes furniture designed by other designers as well. We asked Muuto why the company decided to be a part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition with the Fiber Chair:
“At the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, it will be fascinating to see how the two designers add their own take on this adaptability. For us, classic shapes, innovative material and versatility are all things that resonate with this exhibition and we think the Fiber Chair fits in perfectly with these themes. We hope by being a part of the exhibition, visitors will really think about the choices we have made in terms of shape and material and re-examine their own perceptions of the Fiber Chair and the other pieces in the exhibition,” says Chris Day, PR & Communication Manager at MUUTO.
The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28 to 30 May.
The Silo – By & Havn