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Designer Benjamin Hubert has created the Membrane lounge chair in collaboration with German brand Classicon. The lightweight lounge chair is comprised of a steel and aluminum framework with a stretched 3D woven textile mesh and weights only 3kg. The Membrane was launched at the 2013 Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
From the designer, “The chair stems from the studio’s materials driven, process led, industrial design approach, and research into the construction of tents and sports products with a focus on space frames and stretched textile. ‘Membrane’ utilises a CNC-shaped stainless steel and aluminium framework to describe the shape of the chair. This framework is then wrapped in a 3D woven textile with integrated padding. This construction and materiality is more commonly found in the sporting goods industry and tent construction. The cover is secured to the framework with a series of zips and fastenings. The combination of metal frame and padded textile allows ‘Membrane’ to use a minimal amount of polyurethane foam – a conventional armchair would be covered almost entirely with foam – therefore reducing the carbon footprint of this type of product.”
Image Courtesy: Benjamin Hubert