salone del mobile 2017: for this year’s fair, benjamin hubert of experience design agency layer has created the ‘TENT’ chair – a seamless 3D-knitted seat for italian furniture brand moroso. the product comprises over two million knitted loops and 50,000 metres of yarn, with integrated cushions and sleeves into which a steel frame structure can be inserted. 

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benjamin hubert tent chair released by layer design with renowned furniture brand, moroso



benjamin hubert‘s tent chair for moroso is specifically crafted using digital knitting technology, which allows for a single production process to be used effectively during manufacturing.  as with a tent construction, the knit is tensioned using guide ropes made from a high-performance sailing rope. ‘the combination of stretch, support, transparency, padding and three-dimensional form in one seamless knit makes TENT one of the most advanced pieces of upholstery constructed to date. the lightweight construction conforms to the shape of the user, and has generous seating proportions to deliver high comfort and support,’ as stated by the team. 

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the chair is lightweight and has a knockdown construction to allow for flat packed shipping



the furnitur is made from 100% recyclable knitted nylon and can be used both inside and outside. the knitted cushions are breathable and allow water to pass through them and creating a suitable seat for all weather conditions. as the chair’s padding is integrated into the knitted element, there is no need for additional foam  – making the chair a more sustainable seating solution. 


‘tent chair is part of our ongoing research into the future of smart textile construction, and explores new digital knitting technologies to improve the furniture manufacturing process’.

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it is the world’s first truly three-dimensional knit

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the furniture is made of knitted bi-colour seat

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one single seamless piece comprising over 2 million knitted loops and 50,000 metres of yarn

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all soft features of tent are knitted into a single garment, eliminating any unnecessary waste

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tent chair lwas showcased in april 2017 at the salone del mobile, milan

layer design director, benjamin hubert, with the  tent chair

steam activated 3D-knitted cushions

the knit is tensioned using high-performance sailing ropes

seamless sleeves integrated into the body of the chair

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knitted from 100% recyclable nylon and can be used both inside and outside



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