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Konstantin Grcic's new 'Avus' club chair for Italian manufacturer Plank

Every now and then, a design comes long that truly divides opinion. Here’s one of them.


Exhibited at the stand of Italian design manufacturer Plank at this year’s Milan Salone del Mobile, Konstantin Grcic’s new ‘Avus’ club chair managed to cause a bit of a stir. The leather-upholstered seat speaks of hotel lounge bars and tall drinks. The base, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Made of ABS, it consists of a twin-sheet moulded shell, reinforced with a polyurethane foam core, which, through its styling, shouts about its latest-technology credentials. It’s no accident, therefore, that the formal language of the chair’s base is reminiscent of things automotive.

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'DaR' by Christof Schmidt, photo by Ali Schmidt, Berlin

As part of his final year project at Kunsthochschule Kassel the young German designer Christof Schmidt developed this smart joining technique. The solid wooden elements of the chair are broken to measure and placed into a silicone-mould. Due to its expansion the poured in polyurethane foam infiltrates into every single wooden fibre at the breaking point and connects the pieces soundly. The foam hardens within minutes.

‘DaR’ was presented at this year’s DMY Festival for the first time.

'DaR' by Christof Schmidt, photo by Ali Schmidt, Berlin

'DaR' by Christof Schmidt, photo by Ali Schmidt, Berlin

The mould of 'DaR' by Christof Schmidt

'DaR' by Christof Schmidt, photo by Ali Schmidt, Berlin

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