Already shortly after ist appearance in the year 1996 the Knotted Chair from Marcel Wanders is considered a modern classic. Through refined connection of classic handicraft art and modern materials is the perfect embodiment of Wanders’ design philosophy and a piece of furniture that couldn’t be more fascinating.
The Knotted Chair that is produced by the Italian manufacturer Cappellini is still totally made out of carbon and aramid cords. The cords are firstly artfully knotted with each other like in the classic handicraft art, until the form of the Knotted Chair appears. This still shaky and soft construction is impregnated by epoxy resin and hanged in a frame to dry. The gravity finally brings the chair into its eventual form and the epoxy resin fixes this one and makes the chair stabile.
The transformation of the soft and flat cords to a stabile and three-dimensional object is fascinating. Bit the light look deceives: through the modern parts and construction methods, the Knotted Chair from Cappellini is robust and designed for daily uses as every other chair.
Marcel Wanders gets a large part of his inspiration from already existing and old things according to his own statement. “I am inspired by what already is”, therefore Wanders’ trademark is the combination of aready popular and wholly new elements, the Knotted Chair is the perfect example for it.
Originally Marcel Wanders designed his Knotted Chair in the year 1996 within the context of the Dry Tech I projects from Droog Design. Meanwhile the armchair is produced by the Italian manufacturer Cappellini.
Also in blog entry: Marcel Wanders: Exhibition "Pinned Up" in Amsterdam