werner aisslinger: hemp chair
mar 11, 2011
werner aisslinger: hemp chair

‘hemp chair’ by werner aisslinger

traditionally, monobloc stackable chairs have been developed with reinforced plastics.
‘hemp chair by berlin-based designer/architect werner aisslinger is the first monochair designed with a new technology
in which natural fibers like hemp that are moulded under heat with a special ecological glue resulting in
a sustainable composite material. a complete structure done in a thin layer of material is one of the most
complicated ways to design and engineer a chair. aisslinger’s design which features soft curves,
along with a horizontal and vertical ring structure, is a new approach to this complex seating typology.
werner aisslinger is working in partnership with BASF acrodur on the production of the chair.

four alternate views of the chair

the difficulty in working with ecological materials is the relation of ingredients compared to the stability
of the lifecycle and pricing of the components. the technology that has been utilized for the ‘hemp chair’
allows one to use 100 percent natural fibres in combination with a water-based glue that contains no phenols
or formaldehyd. this process enables low cost mass production for 3D objects with a high stability
and low specific weight.

the monobloc chair stacked

the ‘hemp chair’ shows at milan design week 2011 at ventura lambrate in the exhibition ‘poetry happens
curated by werner aisslinger, tim brauns and fabien dumas. it stands to be a display of archetypal prototyped
objects or installations with a narrative design quality whether it be through the ‘poetry of making’,
‘poetry of collages’, ‘poetry of prototyping’, ‘poetry of spaces and installations’ or the ‘poetry of sustainability.
here, designers, architects and artists give their personal approach and interpretation of their work in relation to poetry.
included in the exhibition are projects by E27, ettlabenn, formfjord, harald gottschling, mathias hahn, xavier mañosa,
marre moerel
, clemens tissi, maria volokhova, mark braun and fabien dumas.

monobloc ‘hemp chair’


werner aisslinger with the ‘hemp chair’

hemp structure

werner aisslinger working on the prototype of the chair

werner aisslinger working on the prototype of the chair

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