Houdini Chair by Stefan Diez for e15

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Milan 09: German designer Stefan Diez launched Houdini, a plywood chair for German brand e15 in Milan last month.

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The chairs are made using a technique borrowed from model aeroplanes, with the plywood shell glued to a solid frame.

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The chair comes with and without armrests.

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Here's some info from Diez:

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E15 unveils the first two items of the new chair family HOUDINI in Milan, a side chair and chair with armrest. Both chairs are made from 4mm thin oak-veneered plywood using an unusual production methodology. The outcome is a new silhouette of wooden furniture where the chairs’ back and seat run in bent curves around the base forming a seat shell.

Inspired by a technique used in aeroplane model making, two-dimensional plywood slabs are stretched by hand around a complexly milled solid wood ring to form the back and another to form part of the seat. No nails or screws are used to hold the chairs together rather the 2D slabs are glued to the base to stay in position, producing the shape of the chairs.

Both chairs are available in natural oak, black, white and grey lacquer finishes as well as custom colours. In Milan e15 will also present the side chair and chair with armrest with partial and complete upholstered options.

  • phil

    really love it! At first I didn’t like the one with armrest, it appeared too familiar. But at a closer look I realized it’s just more subtle than the other one

  • Will

    brilliant, a really nice balance of proportion and crisp edges to create a contrast between surface transitions, I want some….

  • Japr

    remarkable. sometimes you can imagine the designer enjoying the developing process of his own research, and this is a prefect example of that. really an old school type of project, one of those that depurate one’s eyes.

  • kristopher adams

    I loved these chairs so much that it led to me going through the designers website for over an hour. Incredible stuff and just a really refreshing no nonsense attitude towards design.

    THUMBS UP!

  • huff

    Kristopher if you haven’t come across of Stefan Diez yet you are a little behind the eightball.
    sharp, simple work as always. very nice.

  • kristopher adams

    Huff – Although I was familiar with some of Stefan’ work I didn’t know who had designed some of these objects. But yes, behind indeed…

  • mikaël

    dont get me wrong: these look great and I absolutely love them, but:
    “made from 4mm thin oak-veneered plywood using an unusual production methodology… Inspired by a technique used in aeroplane model making, two-dimensional plywood slabs are stretched by hand around a complexly milled solid wood ring to form the back”

    Is there any other way of moulding plywood? isn’t that the way the Eames use to make it 70 years ago? What am I missing here? what is unusual about bending veneer around matrices?

  • http://www.kmpfurniture.com furniture

    Excellent, brilliant design, the red one is just lovely, I must have one.

    I like the comcept of her website.

  • http://www.stefan-diez.com/projects/houdini sdo

    dear mikaël, the ply, not the veneer is bent! Thus not the Eams way. For the production of houdini no molds are needed.

  • BB

    Maybe no molds are needed but just 20 claws to hold everything ; must take a lot of hands, time and money…