werner aisslinger: hemp chair
werner aisslinger: hemp chair werner aisslinger: hemp chair
mar 11, 2011

werner aisslinger: hemp chair

‘hemp chair’ by werner aisslinger

traditionally, monobloc stackable chairs have been developed with reinforced plastics. ‘hemp chair by berlin-based designer/architect werner aisslinger is the first monochair designed with a new technology in which natural fibers like hemp that are moulded under heat with a special ecological glue resulting in a sustainable composite material. a complete structure done in a thin layer of material is one of the most complicated ways to design and engineer a chair. aisslinger’s design which features soft curves, along with a horizontal and vertical ring structure, is a new approach to this complex seating typology. werner aisslinger is working in partnership with BASF acrodur on the production of the chair.

four alternate views of the chair

the difficulty in working with ecological materials is the relation of ingredients compared to the stability of the lifecycle and pricing of the components. the technology that has been utilized for the ‘hemp chair’ allows one to use 100 percent natural fibres in combination with a water-based glue that contains no phenols or formaldehyd. this process enables low cost mass production for 3D objects with a high stability and low specific weight.

the monobloc chair stacked

the ‘hemp chair’ shows at milan design week 2011 at ventura lambrate in the exhibition ‘poetry happens‘ curated by werner aisslinger, tim brauns and fabien dumas. it stands to be a display of archetypal prototyped objects or installations with a narrative design quality whether it be through the ‘poetry of making’, ‘poetry of collages’, ‘poetry of prototyping’, ‘poetry of spaces and installations’ or the ‘poetry of sustainability. here, designers, architects and artists give their personal approach and interpretation of their work in relation to poetry. included in the exhibition are projects by E27, ettlabenn, formfjord, harald gottschling, mathias hahn, xavier mañosa, marre moerel, clemens tissi, maria volokhova, mark braun and fabien dumas.

monobloc ‘hemp chair’


werner aisslinger with the ‘hemp chair’

hemp structure

werner aisslinger working on the prototype of the chair

werner aisslinger working on the prototype of the chair

  • bravissimo

    mm says:
  • hope no one decides to smoke this chair

    ralf says:
  • Sweet form and even better way to process the chair, wow

    Artman says:
  • Panton Chair rip off, but still nice..

    klaus says:
  • Come on people nothing happens in a vacuum, to call it a rip-off is rather pompous. Yes there are similarities in regards to how the skin is part of its structure but the formal language differs from the pantone chair, this one might have gotten inspiration from the aforementioned chair but is a fresh take

    Dave says:
  • Well said Dave. It would be fantastic to see Klaus design a chair with no historical, formal, or conceptual ties to previous designs.

    tmv says:
  • Indeed. After all, someone had to be the first to sit on something and then call it a chair.

    While the structural and formal similarity to the Panton chair is obvious, no one familiar with the body of Panton’s work would ever mistake this for one of his designs. Therefore, it is hardly a “rip-off.” If anything, I see a formal language more similar to Konstantin Grcic, but that’s not the point.

    The development of this type of structure, especially with a novel material, is an intensive, challenging creative process–the essence of what it means to design!

    Taylor Haywood says:
  • we did better,

    (modest remark, ..)

    mr. freeze says:
  • Beautiful! A very good work with natural fiber. Very, very good design. Could you do this with diferent fibers? (like soya, corn, pinus elliot and sugarcane that we have a lot here in Brazil? ) This work can be done for teens?

  • to mr. freeze

    sorry but yours is not better 😉

    thekristaps says:
  • To Mr Freeze,

    You shouldn’t have done this comparison…
    If you really believe that yours is better… That’s a problem… sorry

    Mr. Yiagi says:
  • this is wonderful.

    mr. freeze would benefit from an internship with mr. aisslinger (as would myself).

    tod says:
  • love it

    ivan says:
  • as i said before,
    we did better

    (honest remark, …)

    mr. freeze says:

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