benjamin hubert: pod chair for de vorm 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.

  • Nice technique, shame about the design, needs a lot of work on the details & proportions etc.

    Reminds of an ugly Saarinen Womb chair.

    Jeez says:
  • beautiful chair – lovely video. very unusual too.

    Jeez you are an idiot.

    great says:
  • really nice, good to see the process

    DL says:
  • lovely

    boutique says:
  • It IS lovely, i would like a few right now. I like the process, design, use of materials, contrasts. Dont listen to the others its great the way it is.

    charles says:
  • I keep saying, …’oh, not another chair!’.
    But, this one makes me want to find a good book and get cozy in it.
    Lovely chair. Wood color, construction and the shell. Simply lovely and inviting.

    rcvs1 says:

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