Straw by Osko+Deichmann



DMY Berlin 09: Berlin designers Osko+Deichmann will present a cantilevered chair formed from tubular steel folded into sharp bends at DMY International Design Festival Berlin next month.


"The objects seem spontaneous as if folded by hand," the designers say of the collection, which is called Straw.


The project will be on show as part of an exhibition called Happy Birthday Bauhaus at Contributed, Studio for the Arts in Berlin 4-26 June.


It was also exhibited at Prophets & Penitents - Confessions of a Chair in Milan last month.

Here's some more information from Osko+Deichmann:


Happy Birthday Bauhaus

osko+deichmann present their furniture series „Straw“ based on kinked tubular steel at Contributed, Studio for the Arts, Berlin.

In honour of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus osko+deichmann reconsider the visual language as manifested in the Cantilever Chair and go on to challenge prevailing design patterns.

The bent tubular steel has been heralded as the symbol of modernity in furniture design ever since the radical innovations designed by Mart Stam and Marcel Breuer in the 1920s. The industrial technique completely innovated household design, and matured to an undisputed iconic element of design vocabulary. With “Straw” osko+deichmann pay homage to the classic Cantilever Chair and two other tubular steel pieces by visually and physically challenging tradition and implementing a controversial detail into the canon of the design: The kinked tube.

Relying for support on the properties of the material from which it is made, non-reinforced tubular steel, the “Straw” series exposes a visual fragility using the kinked tubes.

The kink, being the most immediate way to deform a tube, revolutionises the aesthetic appearance of a tubular steel furniture. The disciplined character of the Bauhaus classic idiom is contradicted.

Exhibition Dates:
04.06 – 26.06.2009

Opening Hours:
04.06 – 07.06.2009 / 12AM – 7PM
08.06 – 26.06.2009 Monday – Friday / 12AM – 6PM

Contributed, Studio for the Arts
Strausberger Platz 16
10243 Berlin

Posted on Tuesday May 26th 2009 at 11:19 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I rather like this interpretation. I might have had the steel chrome plated afterwards, but aesthetically, it’s pretty good.

  • yung

    Maybe a transparent plastic tube version?

  • tiffany

    Very nice idea, but is it strong enough? I’ll check it out in Berlin

  • Indi

    Ouch. To say nothing of a weakened tube. Wasn’t the nineteen twenties version of this chair better?

  • I imagine these were bent under a lot of heat and then tempered making them strong. I doubt they actually weakened the steal by bending them cold without a type of press.

  • croftdesign

    Psh, nevermind chrome-plated! Flat black stainless baby!

  • Cedric

    I feel for the owner’s floor, the corners look deadly! There is something quite disturbing about this chair and I think it is quite audacious to present something like this and call it design.
    Personaly, I don’t like it.

  • Bill poster

    ‘Is it strong, edges too sharp’

    I am sure these ‘points’ were addressed

    Anyway the best designers don’t play safe

  • m of a

    indi does not get it.

    isnt your question exctly the point of this wonderful concept.???

    ai laik , nothing more to say.

    cedric, this chair will not be sold @ ikea, so dont worry about your floor.

  • That just shows strength, straight clean lines a very well designed chair. Modern, with a touch of class as well. I like that a lot. Thanks for sharing