Tripart by KiBiSi for Quinze & Milan


Milan 2010: In Milan next month Copenhagen design collective KiBiSi will launch a folded aluminium chair for design brand Quinze & Milan.

Called Tripart, the design is made of three folded sheets of metal, joined together by bolts under the seat.

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Here is some more information from Lars Holme Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted of KiBiSi:

Tripart by KiBiSi for Quinze & Milan

Belgian design brand Quinze & Milan invited Copenhagen industrial design trio KiBiSi (Lars Holme Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted) to create the ultimate simple "knock down" chair without the need for major tooling. The chair will be presented in Milan next month.

“We explored the world of folding techniques e.g. origami – which we went with. This is also a path that Chris Bangle suggested to BMW instead of having to do huge series of cars as a result of form tools, metal folding techniques could be explored to make smaller series light, sturdy and rational cars.”

“We tried to find the least parts necessary to do a rational chair. We ended up with the same number as we are founders: 3. Hence the name Tripart. (3-part) Everything is simple about it – and it is simple to understand its idea, just by having a look. Strong designs we believe should be a product of their idea.”

About KiBiSi

Founded by Kilo Design (Lars Holme Larsen), BIG, (Bjarke Ingels) and Skibsted Ideation (Jens Martin Skibsted), KiBiSi is a Copenhagen based idea-driven industrial design firm. Each partner contributes with intelligence and experience from within his specific field providing KiBiSi with cutting edge knowledge and knowhow within the fields of architecture, design, furniture, electronics, transportation, contemporary culture and lifestyle.

“We believe the product should be the carrier of its brand idea rather than some designer’s form and formula. In the fertile overlap between Design, Architecture and Ideation we seek to spawn a new breed of idea driven design.” — KiBiSi

Posted on Tuesday March 23rd 2010 at 1:55 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Gravy

    That’s a lot of off-the-shelf-looking hardware showing. And I wonder if that graphic element on the seat would grab sensitive areas when the chair flexes. And it wouldn’t stack nicely even though the form suggests it would/should.

    Not impressed.

  • eye+

    there’s something wrong with the proportions, it looks handicap,.
    what’s new about this chair?

  • slater

    I would like to see a cleaner connection of the pieces. a tab with bolts just destroys any aesthetic value here.

  • Murve

    It would stack it just would stack? wouldn’t it…. its just it would stack neater if the bolts and flaps weren’t there.

    I like the design. its simple and clean but I agree there’s nothing new about this.

  • marl carx

    this is poor. looks dated and heavy. folded metal, folded metal. steel?

  • BRian


  • Fritz

    chunky bolts – otherwise nice

  • Ryan

    I think it’s beautiful and edgy. Haven’t seen anything like it before.

  • HCB

    If you haven’t seen anything like this before, try to google “Peter Karpf” and “Voxia”
    I wonder how much it weighs?

  • designgurunyc

    Yup, here we go again, folded metal! origami! yawn!

  • It won't stack at all, the bolted tab will scratch the surface of the chair below it.