I seem to be seeing a lot of foldable chairs these days. Not sure why. They pop up in cool places around me and land in my inspiration folder on a near-daily basis.
So here is my take on it: Two new chairs in the warehouse.
The SE-18, above, is cheap and ubiquitous in architect and designer Egon Eiermann’s native Germany. I really like this two-tone version, though it also comes in other versions, including a nice, Scandinavian-looking wood-only treatment.
The Plia Chair below, by Giancarlo Piretti, is an instantly recognisable classic the world over and has the merit of being both foldable and stackable.
Both models have custom materials the lean heavily towards the vintage, grimy end of the spectrum. The transparent ABS plastic of the Plia chair was particularly tricky to get right. In the end it mixes two different plastics in a VrayBlended material and some noise maps. I may write a bit more about it as I’ve been toying with such complex plastics for the past few weeks. Not quite sure I got the perfect recipe yet.