The Chair 001 was conceived as a dialogue, a
dialogue between two designers, two materials, the past and the present. It is
a reinterpretation of classic school chairs and intended for domestic use.
started our design process by researching the local chair manufacturers and the
history of chair manufacturing in our home country Slovenia. All roads lead us
to a small town of Kamnik with a strong history in manufacturing of bent wood
furniture, dating back more than 150 years. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia
the successor states opened up their market to capitalism. This lead to the
death of local manufacturers who couldn’t compete in the over-saturated market.
All that is left of the once prolific industry in Slovenia is a chair manufacturer
called Ocean. The company specializes in steel bent furniture for schools and
offices, and their products can be found in institutions all over the country.
We decided to design a chair that transcends history and combines the
traditional bent wood craftsmanship and the modern industrial production of