frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015
 
frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015
may 23, 2015

frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015

frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015
all images © itenia photography, ermanno zuodar

 

 

 

the concept for ‘frantz’ began with a trip to the north-eastern city of udine, italy. the area was once the heart of italian wood furniture production, with a long, stretching history of craft and passionate making. modern times have been hard on a number of the region’s factories, forcing many to shut their doors and close shop. manufacturer tekhne, born in 1994, has steadily helped keep local-tradition from fading, most recently through their collaboration with tel aviv-based studio producks — yoav avinoam and gil sheffi — to create the ‘frantz’ chair

frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015
connection detail between backrest and the legs

 

 

 

the product marked the first collaboration between the company and design studio, which was presented at this year’s salone del mobile. the seat is experimental, attempting to harmoniously combine elements of traditional design with bold, modern aesthetics and materials. the visual line, carried up through the legs and into the backrest, is the chair’s most prominent detail — loosely tying it to thonet’s 19th century creations. ‘frantz’ is manufactured in solid beech wood, with a laminated seat, and backing options of polyester mesh or natural cane

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poly mesh backrest 

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‘frantz’ is also available with traditional cane backing

frantz chair by producks for tekhne unveiled at milan design week 2015
prototyping 

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early ‘frantz’ mockup 

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prototype detail

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sketches 

 

 

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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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