herzog & de meuron‘s chäserrugg gipfelrestaurant sits high on the top of switzerland’s chäserrugg mountain. the humble wooden structure is situated within a ski resort in the toggenburg region amongst a unspoiled landscape, at an altitude of approximately 2260 metres. because of the venue’s function as a restaurant and meeting place, the owners wanted to furnish the chalet-style establishment with a stackable wooden chair that blended well with the timber construction, as well as being easy to stack and store away when they weren’t needed. 

internal view of the restaurant with konstantin grcic’s ‘B chair’ furnishing the space
(main) image courtesy of BD barcelona design
(above) image courtesy of chäserrugg




the herzog & de meuron team, lead by senior partner christine binswanger, answered with konstantin grcics ‘B chair’ by BD barcelona design (see designboom’s coverage of the ‘B chair’ here). the simplicity and utilitarian function of grcic’s seating piece, made from a combination of industrial and manual processes, suits the interior well. the ‘B chair’ is wooden with pieces of aluminum in its structure; and its legs are X-shaped that accommodate a foldable seat that allows for horizontal stacking, exactly what the architects were looking for to complete the project.


see designboom’s full coverage of herzog & de meuron’s scheme for the ‘chäserrugg gipfelrestaurant’ here.

grcic’s folding wood chair blends in well with herzog & de meuron’s timber structure
image courtesy of BD barcelona design

the humble structure and furniture sits well amongst the unspoiled mountainous landscape
image courtesy of BD barcelona design
image courtesy of BD barcelona design

‘B chairs’ used inside the seminar room
image courtesy of chäserrugg

‘B chair’ by konstantin grcic for BD barcelona design
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the chairs come in different colored seat bottoms
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