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benjamin hubert: pod chair for de vorm
may 03, 2011
benjamin hubert: pod chair for de vorm



‘pod’ by benjamin hubert

the work of british designer benjamin hubert for netherlands-based contemporary furniture company de vorm,
‘pod’ is a large ‘privacy chair’, designed for use in offices, residential projects, and other public spaces.

the shell of the chair is one of the largest forms ever produced that utilizes pressed PET felt technology.
the material not only engenders a distinctive aesthetic but also offers sound dampening properties,
increasing the sensation of privacy.

‘pod’ is designed to be a private and comfortable but ecologically sustainable alternative to large upholstered furniture.
most upholstery is a fixed combination of timber, glue, foam, and textile, and a result is difficult to recycle.
by contrast, the ecological use of recycled PET bottles for the moulded felt form is combined with a stackable design,
minimizing the carbon footprint of the chairs in terms of transportation and storage costs.

the chair’s ergonomics allow for the sitter to work comfortable whilst feeling relaxed and separated from the hustle
and bustle of daily life. it almost creates a ‘room within a room’, with the perimeter of the chair encircling the sitter’s head.


orthographic view


3/4 view


detail view of chair back


‘pod’ by benjamin hubert


concept sketches


hubert at work on test models


initial dimensional prototype


the felt, created from recycled PET bottles, being pressed into form


full view of the pressed form


‘pod’ seats cut and stacked onto a base during the production process


video documentation of the design and production process of ‘pod’

‘pod’ was on display during milan design week 2011 as part of the de vorm exhibition in ventura lambrate.

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

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