A young Korean designer and last year’s RCA graduate Kihyun Kim has just been awarded the prestigious Designs of the Year Award 2012 in the furniture category for his ‘1.3’ Chair. The design, which is most probably world’s lightest wooden chair, was realised as Kim’s MA Design Product graduate project and the chair has now been put into production by a German manufacturer Zeitraum. Originally made of balsa wood and weighting a feathery (less than Gio Ponti’s 1957 ‘Superleggera’) 1.28 kg, the ‘1.3’ Chair is now available in oak, ash and American walnut. It was presented earlier last week at Zeitraum’s stand in hall 7 and at the RCA Paradise show at Milan’s Ventura Lambrate.
More about the chair:
‘The most outstanding feature of this delicate, light 1.3 CHAIR is the wafer-thin impression made by the fine contours of seat and back. The seat looks if it is floating on air. Chair, stool and bar stool also have the visual softness of “Pad” optic. Space-saving shape and stable construction give this ensemble big city flair – in small restaurants, snack bars, bars and bistros.’