imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler
imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler
jan 19, 2011

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler

‘pressed chair’ by harry thaler image © designboom

created out of a single sheet of aluminum, ‘pressed chair’ by london-based designer harry thaler explores the bounds of minimalism with its efficient use of materials.

previewed at tent london during london design festival 2010 and now featured at imm cologne 2011, the design took ex-equo first prize in this year’s international [D3] competition for young designers, alongside studio akka’s ‘ola‘ folding table.

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler at left, the stamped chair, before being bent into shape; to its right, the chairs in their final forms

the chair’s form is pressed into a 2.5mm thick square meter sheet of aluminum, which is then bent into the proper shape. although light enough to be lifted with just two fingers, it contains no joints or connectors and requires no external structural support. instead, its strength comes from the form of the chair itself, along with its relief details.

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler composed of a single sheet of 2.5mm-thick aluminum, the stackable chair is extremely lightweight

further exploring efficiency in resource use, thaler created a stool from the scrap materials of the chair’s production process. although similar in concept and form to the chair, the stool consists of not one but three pieces of aluminum, held together by screws.

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler detail view of the chair relief, which adds both structural stability and visual interest image © designboom

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler the stools at left are created from scrap materials from the chair’s production process image © designboom

thaler first developed ‘pressed chair’ last year as a student at london’s royal college of art.

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler detail view of the pressed model before being bent into shape image © designboom

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler detail view of ‘pressed chair’ from above image © designboom

imm cologne 2011: pressed chair by harry thaler left: full view of ‘pressed chair’ right: thaler himself demonstrates that despite their light weight, the relief details and structure of the chairs make them sturdy

  • Zieta was first and it’s better:


    Magnum says:
  • very good!
    reminds me of the stamp cutlery T. Alonso

    max says:
  • design is not about who is first, or better.

    gerold says:
  • What is the similarity to Zieta’s design?
    This is not inflated.

    Hans P. says:
  • The fact is that it’s slightly Tom Dixon.

    Michele says:
  • Michele,
    Which chair of Dixon?

    Hans P. says:
  • magnum, and michele are both idiots
    its original and beautiful
    get a grip

    nick says:
  • A lot of huge waste of metal sheet only results in high cost.

    marc says:
  • nice!
    the flattened chair reminds me of E.T.
    after he got hit by a car

    gareth says:
  • I don’t know if this is the chair of Tom Dixon that you’re talking about…

    I agree that maybe it is similar in form, but the execution of the chair uses a completely different means of production.

    Tom Tom says:
  • concept is dixon except for material. form is identical to dixon.
    congenial one would say, but neither one works in the pictured way of production…

    català says:
  • no need to get inspiration (from dixon or any other source that is) to come up with such design.

    omarvel says:
  • just amazing !!!

    s parola says:
  • es lamentable cuando se habla de buen diseño y se tiene total ignorancia del desperdicio de material, si es por forma entonces se puede llegar a cualquiera pero ¿que grado de responsabilidad tenemos con el manejo de energía y materiales?

    javier says:
  • Hi This wasn’t previewed at London Design Week. It was previewed at London Design Festival at Tent London
    . Really. How come you keep confusing the two?

    William Shaw says:

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