atelier deshaus manually curves the backrest and legs of sylph chair
(above) the design comes in three base styles with three different kinds of experiences




with ‘sylph chair’, atelier deshaus aimed to link two different materials: steel and wood. the slender tubular steel, a common industrial product that can be curved at will, while the wood staff, which demands fine craftsmanship, can connect with each other and merge as a unity. the result is a materialized relationship among things and matters, that interact with the human body and manifest their own properties. traditionally employed as the material for furniture making, wood is favored by its natural sense and warmth. meanwhile, the steel is characterized by its elasticity and sense of modernity. the continuous long tubular steel was manually curved to form the back and two rare legs. this elastic deformation initiates a unique dialogue between the chair and the sitter once it is in use.

the chairs sit lightly in their surroundings within the floating space




the slenderness of the tubular steel contributes to the beauty and flow of the chair, while at the same time it resides within itself the possibilities to sustain the back of those who sit in different ways with various curved patterns. the round and slightly up-bent seat panel and the front legs extremely slimmed on both ends invest in the details worthy of close reading and appreciation of atelier deshaus ‘sylph chair’. the top of the front legs are intentionally expanded a little to better sustain the base panel, while the slim as they go downwards, creating a section that deforms from round to heart shape, mimicking the silhouette of the female bottoms. this form benefits the grip, that together with the rare legs, result in comfort and stability of the chair.

existing in the space while improving the aesthetics of the atmosphere




‘chair sylph’ is endowed with characteristics of an elegant fair lady, with a name that implies a woman with a slim figure. the sylphs originated from the hotchpotch study of alchemy, physics and mythology in the 15th century, is the little lady who represents the elf. by naming that chair like this, the aim is to take the sense of lithe and mischievous into its connotation.

the round and slightly up-bent seat panel and the front legs extremely slimmed on both ends

the top of the front legs are intentionally expanded a little to better sustain the base panel

a single tube extends from two metal legs to form the sweeping outline of the backrest that is gently curved

the materials intersect with the human body and manifest its own properties

the back S-shaped rail gives space for an arm to rest on it

while sited, the back rest is gently curved to accommodate the contours of the body

this Chair is shaped to mimic the graceful behavior of fair lady



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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