King Bonk by Fredrikson Stallard



King Bonk, an armchair and footstool by designers Fredrikson Stallard, will be on show at David Gill Galleries during the London Design Festival this September.


The form was generated by tying upholstery foam with string. The final shape was carved from polystyrene with a chainsaw.


“It took us a year to find the perfect curves, and we did that by hand,” says Ian Stallard. “This piece has never been anywhere near a computer.”


Made from fibreglass, the chairs will be produced in a limited edition.

Photographs by Thomas Brown/David Gill Galleries.

The following information is from David Gill Galleries:


David Gill Galleries is delighted to announce an exhibition of new work by Fredrikson Stallard which will open during the London Design Festival 08.

From 15 September until 19 October, at David Gill’s primary space in Loughborough Street, SE11 the exhibition will feature Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard’s latest design, the King Bonk chair and footstool. The shape of this sculptural piece with its reflective finish was derived from tying up upholstery foam with string, and named after the biggest marble in the school playground. The original full-size form was carved with a chainsaw in polystyrene.

The limited edition collection will be on show at the gallery throughout the festival. The chair is available in four paint colours, which were created by Bentley: black/green, black/cobalt blue, black/gold and black/violet. The exhibition promises to offer up a dramatic play of light, colour and reflection. More work by Fredrikson Stallard will be on show at DavidGill’s Fulham Road gallery.

Fredrikson Stallard
Armchair ‘King Bonk’ 2008
Material: fibreglass with dichroic paint
Chair H 88 x W 100 x L 95cm
Editions David Gill, limited to 8 + 2AP + 2P

Posted on Thursday June 26th 2008 at 9:50 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Honkie

    Does anyone do mass production anymore?

  • LeMulv

    Why are there never people in these photos, anamorphic projects like these are predicated on the idea of human interaction. There are certain keyframe niches that the human body is supposed to fit into. Why do they never showcase them?

  • bald skull

    no offense, but spending a year of your life designing these, and then calling out that you didn’t get near a computer doesn’t make sense nor sound efficient.
    a computer is just a tool to help you create. if you had the idea from the start to create these shapes, using a computer may have saved you 6-9 months which you could have used to create additional projects.

  • Fling

    Mr Skull, The year comment to which you refer was so obviously ironic – they are are poking fun at the furniture as art industry and the twidiots who buy it.

  • Mattia

    Call me a sucker, but I think these are gorgeous. I love the concept and genesis, and sculpturally they’re phenomenal as well.

    I don’t believe the comment that they didn’t get near a computer was ironic, in fact I think it speaks to the nature of the work as a limited edition. Could they have crafted the same form using a computer? Yes, but obviously they would never have arrived at it in the first place.

  • bald skull

    the irony must have fell flat with me. this should have clued me in : “The final shape was carved from polystyrene with a chainsaw”

  • charles

    these are gonna hurt my ass

  • gaque

    the year long and whatever computer comment seems genuine–not ironic.

    they may have been trying to get away from the computer, but its form and materiality are sooo the trendy thing in modeling-based architecture.

    why is it handmade anyway?

  • cpcp

    here today, forgotten tomorrow.
    and a wasted yesteryear….

  • John Smith

    “The final shape was carved from polystyrene with a chainsaw” !?

    Try a hotwire, surform or some sandpaper. Save yourself a lot of hassle. Or is using a chainsaw supposed to be avant garde these days. To me it doesn’t add anything to the process and it’s not reflected in the design.

    I think the reason they said a computer hasn’t been near these blobs is to try and disassociate the project with the negative back-lash that Zaha’s work has received. They are still using the same tu-pack, fibre glass, crap that she does though and that terrible metallic ‘flip-flop’ paint job…yuck!

    Has anyone ever seen the way vehicle designers make their models?…just like that.

    I would have loved to have seen these as trussed up blocked of foam. That sounds really nice.

  • Fling

    I was being ironic

  • fornetti

    I do not believe this

  • mauro paparo filomarino

    deja vu……….aron…

  • wordup

    I was part of the team who helped Fredrikson Stallard create the King Bonk chair and foot stool.
    They did take a year to create and there wasn’t a computer insight.

    Just to shed some light onto the discussion, John Smith mentioned the production process of vehicle models and Zaha Hadids furniture range.

    King Bonk chair and footstool were made in a different way. The polystyrene was used for the master, but the actual production pieces are hollow fibreglass from a mould, not covered polytyrene like Zahas pieces.

    I probably be a bit biased because I played a part in bringing them to life, but I think they look amazing.
    The ‘handmade’ side of the story is completely true, I think Fredrikson and Stallard just wanted to show that humans are still capable of making incredible looking objects, we don’t need computers to do everything for us.

    I was lucky enough to see this project evolve, and I’d urge everyone to go and have a look at them first hand.
    The paint finish on them is awesome, I remember seeing the first one which had been painted and polished, and being completely blown away.

    I’m not sure if you’ll be allowed to sit on them, but they are actually really comfortable.