Brazil by Daniel Widrig


London designer Daniel Widrig has created a wooden chair with three legs that morph into armrests and a back.

Called Brazil, the design is broken down into components to be CNC-cut from laminated wood.

Here's some more information from Widrig:

‘Brazil’, a limited-edition armchair designed by Daniel Widrig was launched at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin last month. Featuring a structural bifurcation system, the chair has three legs that branch out from the floor and smoothly transform into armrests, a backrest and a seating surfaces in one fluid movement.


The chair has been digitally prototyped, structurally and ergonomically tested and optimized through digital dynamics simulation as used in the aerospace, automotive, and biomechanics industries. This process allowed for a fast and flexible design development and a straight-forward realization of the complex geometry of the piece.


The chair is built from laminated wood sheets via a 5-axis CNC router. To save materials and production time, its geometry is split into multiple components that are digitally nested onto sheets of laminated wood and CNC machined. The component are then assembled, glued and hand finished. Through the CNC milling, the layered structure of the laminated wood is exposed and underlines the topography of the chair’s surface.

The prototyping and engineering process of the chair was a close collaboration with Filippo Moroni of the Italian company Monolito.

See also:


Vegetal by the
Bouroullec brothers
Bone Armchair by
Joris Laarman
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Posted on Tuesday May 11th 2010 at 5:15 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I love it !!!!

    nice chair !!!

    Creative production!

  • visualmess

    Incredible. I love that one.

  • Chris

    Welcome back Art Nouveau! But seriously, nice chair.

  • excellent work and great 3D modeling skills

  • pablo

    the way the chair is made is very impressive.

    on the other hand, a little ugly isn’t it.

  • Looks like it grew right out of a tree. The fact that it was milled from one flat sheet is superb.

  • I wonder if this chair was designed using any emergent structural properties…?

  • Very nice, but why Brazil? Because we are not able to do anything like that….this is very sad….Daniel Widrig, we as brazilians have to thanks you alot to put the chair’s name Brazil. In Brazil any designer has a big problem to solve, creat new and original products by yourself in a very easy way to product because the industry won’t give you any support…it is much easyer to fly to Milan and take some pictures and try to make bad copies .

  • I like the combination of the computer numerical control and the crafts. It’s a beautiful marriage between HighTech and manual work, BRAVO!

    François Beydoun

  • LOW

    Now that’s a sexy chair

  • Joris laarman got inspired by the idea in 2007 of mr Schillings much previously discovered algorithm for bionic growth/force distribution…. This project is too hevily inspired without inspiration…

  • Dylan

    Yikes! Intense. Very, very intense. And three-legged too!

  • Very nice! I can see an elf sitting in this in LOTR.

  • BRian

    GReat process and craftsmanship, however it reminds me of the Lovegrove Go chair.

  • steve

    bad version of Ross lovegrove design…still looks cool though but not sure if it works as a chair.

  • hayden

    “…too save material & production time” oh the ironknee.

  • hallo!

    beautiful, a very smart choice of material, wood gives the computerized plastic shape an elegant identity. good job

  • star trek

    super nice surface, form and finishing

  • For all that work – why make the front legs so flimsy? That’s just plywood, it will snap when someone leans forwards!

  • Congratulations!! Very nice.

  • Hum.. Are we sure we see the same chair?

  • Enceladus

    i see a chair desighed by Zaha…

  • h

    Really fabulous!

  • Guido

    Very nice of course but reminds me of :

  • Cristina

    am I the only one who feels the chair is a mee too of the Bourollec one??

  • slater

    Ok, I know there are many comments on this post so far but I have to point out something that I think everyone missed. This chair is wastful. Look at the production photos and imagine how much of the plywood slab is waste material. I do have to say, I love the finished result though. I think if the same form was produced in another way, out of another material perhaps, it would’t loose any (or much) of it’s aesthetic appeal. Thoughts..?

  • b

    It reminds me too much to Ross Lovegrove “go” chair. Toooooooo much.

  • fly

    of all these vegetable inspired chairs published lately, this one is the most convincing fo sure.

  • michael

    You could take all those “wasted” slabs of leftover plywood and tile a big wall in a club … hit it with uplight and call it fabulous . Or link bunches of them together to make treads for army tanks in sandy locations – great traction in that texture & it leaves a Star Wars footprint.

  • dub73

    for all the people who compare that chair with the one from Ross Lovegrove. You should better compare the number of legs of those chairs. And really, it reminds me as chair :) I would be more sceptical about the three legs, hmm

  • Jeroen van Lith

    The most beautiful chair I have seen in a long time.