Chair of the Week: The Slow Chair by the Bouroullec Brothers

It’s no secret around here that I’m a bit of a Bouroullec Brothers fan, so the exorbitantly gratifying nature of this post shouldn’t come as a surprise. I’ll try to tone it down, but seeming as I was just looking at these pictures from their exhibition currently at the Centre Pompidou-Metz I’m not making any promises.

The Bouroullec‘s designed the slow chair for Vitra in 2007, nicely filling the often challenging niche of contemporary-yet-comfortable lounge chairs. Furthermore, as we’ve come to expect from them, they’ve again found the elusive balance of unique and sensible with the Slow Chair — another difficult task in today’s over-saturated market of designers searching for newness, often at the price of practicality.

A logical progression of their already estimable body of work, the Slow Chair utilizes a precision knit webbing stretched over an elegant aluminum framework. This innovative use of materials results in an airy lightness not typically seen in of chairs of it’s size. Apparently the idea for the elastic knitted sleeve was born out of a pair of women’s tights.

“We’d long been captivated by the idea of applying the elasticity and comfort of silk tights to furniture”, said Erwan Bouroullec.

You can read more about the story and design process in the Making of Slow Chair from Vitra.


images c/o the designers