frank rettenbacher's lightweight june chair for zanotta contains a simple geometric outline

frank rettenbacher's lightweight june chair for zanotta contains a simple geometric outline

frank rettenbacher’s lightweight june chair for zanotta contains a simple geometric outline




presented at salone del mobile 2016frank rettenbacher’s ‘june’ chair for zanotta is characterized by its contrasting use of geometric shapes and materials. the austrian creative uses reinforced rods in the base of the seating, which creates a simple structural shape upon the design. this graphical element is complimented by a playful touch of color which has been added to the upholstered seat. the important feature of the chair however is the junction between the backrest and the seating which has been constructed using no visible screws. this has been achieved through great artistry, transforming a critical point into an element of great resistance.

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the designer uses reinforced rods in the base of the seating




‘I was asked to design a new chair to accompany the santiago dining table I had designed for zanotta,’ declares frank rettenbacher. ‘I wanted to utilise the same wood as the table, but to also add a touch of comfort and color with an upholstered seat. the greatest challenge was attaching the backrest to the removable padding without using visible screws. after intensive consultation with the technical team, we arrived at a concealed attachment that sees the backrest ‘floating’ above the seat.’

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the ‘june’ chair uses a leather or upholstered seat




following its presentation at salone del mobile, zanotta exhibits the collection during new york design week 2016 at the DDC showroom on madison avenue. 

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the graphical appearance of the chair is complimented by a playful touch of colour

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the reinforced rods in the base of the seating create a simple geometric shape upon the design

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the ‘june’ chair was presented at salone del mobile 2016
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the ‘june’ chair is also presented in a version without the steal wires

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the backrest and the seating has been constructed using no visible screws

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  • Nice engineering on the supporting wires, although a nod to Eames DSW chair would seem appropriate. Am sceptical about the bowl (concave) seat. Bottoms generally prefer flat, while backs like concavity.

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