Designed for Magis in 2008
The Pipe Chair has an aluminium structure and an option of an aluminium seat and back with holes for outdoor use or high-pressure resinated plywood for indoors or light outdoor use. There’s an armchair and a normal chair version. The tooling for the chair is remarkable, with a variety of state-of-the-art bending machines controlling the tubes’ 3-D profiles. It’s beautifully made and probably one of the strongest chairs ever built as I chose a large-diameter tube and the structure (especially the armchair) is very rigid. It stacks like a French café chair on the X under the seat, allowing four or five in a stack before it gets too high.
Vienna based Klemens Schillinger has designed some chairs among which this Tube Chair which seems to come in a flatpack. Clever design!.
Aluminum Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
I took the photo of the Aluminum Rietveld Chair in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum for Modern Art which has a large chair collection. I find the use of aluminum atypical for Rietveld, but he did research all sorts of material for his chairs. Vitra Design Museum has one as well and suggests this chair originally was designed to be made of fiber board…
Rietveld Red and Blue Chair Reconstructed in aluminum by Peter Donders
You can find Belgian designer Peter Donders on Pinterest nowadays and it is interesting to see that he published this new chair he coined “Rietveld Minimal Surface” there rather than on his own site first.