ABChairs by Roeland Otten


Rotterdam designer Roeland Otten has designed a collection of 26 chairs, each spelling out one letter of the alphabet.

Called ABChairs, the seats can be arranged to form words.

The prototypes of the chairs are made of lacquered MDF, however the designer intends to produce them using rotational moulded plastic.

Photographs are by Bas Helbers.

Here's a little bit of text from Otten:

ABChairs, an alphabet to sit on and chairs to form words with. These are the first 26 prototypes made of lacquered MDF.

ABChairs’ future is one of a industrial manufacturing process, using rotational moulding of LDPE plastic.

I'm looking for a label or manufacturer(!). This way ABChairs will be more affordable for the mass market, lighter in weight, less fragile and suitable for outdoors use.

Smaller size ABChairs would also be applicable for children’s interiors, such as libraries and schools.

Limited editions of prototypes can be produced upon request. ABChairs are made possible by Fonds BKVB and Materiaal Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst en Vormgeving.

About me:
Roeland Otten graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1999 and founded his design studio in Rotterdam one year later.

He works with a ‘conceptual’ approach in different fields of media: from graphic design to new media and video, from product design to architectonic installations in public space and events. Roeland Otten is a provoker and an innovator, never shy of looking for new ways to tell a story and making a statement.

See also:


Ivo Otasevic
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Jeroen Wesselink
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Posted on Sunday May 23rd 2010 at 2:34 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Robert

    Ah come on, this is too cheesy. He’s using a sherif when it’s getting difficult to use sit on the shape. I don’t think it’s very clever.

  • HA! That’s cool. I think I would’ve liked to see more variation in the letterform itself, but it’s still a really neat idea.

  • L

    The ‘L’ chair leaves something to be desired…

  • Flyvende hollender

    Cool, nice and classic

  • ajay


  • harry

    This project is subsidized by the Dutch government!

  • there are some ones that are kind confusing but they are funny and creative. Never saw anything similar before

  • Affendi ‘Stone’ Salleh

    Cool. But he screw up on L.

  • klejdi eski

    U V and W look like they’re outside.

  • g . String

    A and Z look best ..

  • Ren

    “Ah come on, this is too cheesy. He’s using a sherif when it’s getting difficult to use sit on the shape. I don’t think it’s very clever.”

    a sherif?

  • yonatan- RAMIREZ

    Criticism is an opportunity to learn about our work and find areas for improvement or alternatives. However, it is an art that often runs the risk of falling into personal opinions with little argument.AND I THINK THESE HAVE DESIGN

  • Davide

    i think it is funny. cool exercise, Roeland!

    @harry: Dutch government funds anything

  • willem

    more comfortable and much easier to read, if lettres were written with a chair … ha ha holland!

  • karl

    dunno about j either

  • kuis

    s and g don´t look so commfortable

  • Mikkels

    i think idea of those chairs in alphabets is pretty cool, some of them work better than the other though… that letter d is pretty usefull cause you can put some magazines or such inside of the chair

  • Totally useless and as many has said before: he took the easy way out when it finally got tricky and interesting.