benjamin hubert: pelt chair for de la espada
benjamin hubert: pelt chair for de la espada benjamin hubert: pelt chair for de la espada
oct 04, 2012

benjamin hubert: pelt chair for de la espada


‘pelt’ chair by benjamin hubert for de la espada H740mmx W460mm x D540mm




‘pelt’ is a chair made from a thin 8mm plywood shell that wraps around a solid ash frame. conceived by benjamin hubert for furniture brand de la espada, the seating design extends downwards through the front legs making it appear as a seamless unit, integrated with the solid frame beneath. the front and rear legs of the chair are linked via a simple cross construction which offers overall stability and support.


3/4 back view




this geometric arrangement is a result of CNCing a complex twist to maintain the integration; of the start and end points. the chair offers efficient stacking with its ability to put six together. the collection was developed over a period of 12 months after several iterations of prototyping and testing.


components which make-up ‘pelt’


front leg detail


detail color variations

‘pelt’ can be stacked up to six at a time pelt group


prototype development


developing the prototype models of the chair out of wood and cardboard


cardboard prototypes



concept sketches




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  • good work! i like the technical approach.

    max says:
  • awesome …… like the stackability

    manoj says:
  • absolutely stunning

    dbkii says:
  • Wonderfully simple and elegant. The way good design should be. Well done.

    Paul Bradburn says:
  • now, when we know about everything we need to know about anatomy of a men, and ergonomy…WHY DO PEOPLE STEAL MAKE UNHEALTHY AND UNCOMFORTABLE CHAIRS…

    Recently I set in one chair with simmilar back rest, and it is so uncomfortable to lean on it, that you would rather want to seat on the floor.

    CHair must have good lumbar support! This one does not!

    This is just example of forcing some material technology in a concept that is unfinished, and unusable.

    Yes, it’s all good looking, nice to stack them one on another, but again…what’s the point of stacking chairs if they are ”pain in the a** (back)”…

    I am really sorry if I hurt anybody’s feelings, but I am not just judging this chair because I am jealous, or because I don’t want this chair to sell, or I want bad to you as a colleague designer, it’s just that I am annoyed by missing the main function and demands, or requests when designing a product. Just that…

    Luka says:
  • I’m with Luka.

    The chair is lovely to look at. The stacking mechanism is cleverly done. The minimal machining of materials is wonderfully conceived. But despite these positives, at the end of the day the chair’s most important function is to provide a supportive, comfortable seating environment.

    No waterfall seat edge, an empty void where the lumbar support should be, and the wings’ top edge constricts pretty much precisely where a human torso broadens to the shoulders, and where the arms need space to hang. Perhaps this chair is far more usable than it appears, but given prevalent design ethos, it’s just as likely (if not more) that is was conceived in a void absent its end users.

    Naimit says:
  • Perhaps luka and naimit…sit in it, as I did. It sits well. End of argument! Beautiful and functional.

    Official says:
    terrible spelling apart, how can you judge one chair COMFORT without ever having been sitting in it??
    From what I can see from the pictures, all the angles seem right for proper comfort.
    The most comfortable wooden chair I ever sat in was Naoto’s “Hiroshima” and it doesn’t have “lumbar support” or “waterfall edge”.
    get a life..

    Themis says:
  • @ luka and naimit,

    will you post a link that displays your work. let some of us understand how aesthetically beautiful and ergonomically comfortable your products are??

    manoj says:
  • I have to agree with Luka & Naimit I’m afraid.

    Sat on this chair at LDF 2012 and it wasn’t a great sit. While I think the aesthetic is nice, with the amount of development a better level of ergonomics could have been achieved.

    Jimbo says:
  • When did BH grow his hair & gain a small moustache!! 😉

    As if by magic says:
  • class la stachmou

    dam says:
  • Someone is usually their tea, style the scent connected with existence

    Anonymous says:

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