Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen


Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

Dutch designer Bam Geenen of Studio Geenen has designed a chair using hanging chains to determine its form.

Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

Called Gaudi Chair, the piece is made of a carbon-fibre weave and a glass-reinforced nylon rib structure.

Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

It is based upon architect Antonio Gaudí's modelling method used to design arches of optimum strength.

Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

Geenan has previously designed a stool using the same method (see our earlier story here).

Watch a video of the design development process here.

Here are more details from Geenen:

Gaudi Chair

The Gaudi Chair is the follow-up of the Gaudi Stool which was created in 2009. It was designed using the same method as Antoni Gaudi, who made models of hanging chains, which upside-down showed him the strongest shape for his churches. Additionally, to be able to determine the structure of the chair's backrest, a software script was used.

Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

The script was based on three steps: Firstly the distribution of forces across the surface of the chair. Secondly the direction of forces defined the direction of the ribs. Finally the amount of force specified the height of a rib.

Gaudi Chair by Studio Geenen

Materials and techniques were chosen to create a lightweight chair. The surface is of carbonfiber, the ribs are made of glass-filled nylon, by selective laser sintering. The project researches how new technoloqy can be based on simple, logical concepts. In this case a concept which has proven it's strength and beauty for over a hundred years.

See also:


Gaudi Stool
by Studio Geenen
Plum Stool
by Alvaro Uribe
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Posted on Friday June 11th 2010 at 11:18 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • pem

    Nice everything. The video really gives you a feeling of the mass of the object. Just really beautifully done.

  • Mr G .String

    Beautiful object .
    but where do you sit ? or maybe you stay under , ideal when raining …

  • Great design. Should be part of a modern art collection!

  • davide

    martians are among us!

  • John

    Antoni Gaudí, no Antonio

  • well i really don’t like it. Maybe as a demostration for the material could work, but as a design piece, I’m not agree. Why carbon fiber? does it gives any value to the object?,,, don’t think so… this happens when the form it’s a banaal form and has to have any atractive…. the material… but at the end, I think is a project without any real concept. Sorry if I anyone is not agree with me, but it’s just my personal opinion…. good luck

  • PeeBee

    Isn’t this a little over engineered for a chair / stool?

  • Gab Xiao

    for a sexy ass…

  • kle

    Ellegant Skillful and beautiful, but I too think that the real beauty of this design is under… just like “Mr G .String” said.

  • chris_d

    The final project seems to contradict the idea of the hanging chains that Gaudi used in order to make structures which work well in compression. The ribs are definitely not formed by the concept behind catenary arches something that is evident by their complex curvature (formed by splines) . the design + fabrication may be interesting but not according to what it is stated.

  • capslock

    I agree with Luis. It does’t have much appeal either way. The form is indecisive and the material is a shallow choice in my opinion.

  • Are these chairs available commercially or are they prototypes with limited commercial production? I admire the design, engineering and creativity behind these furnishings.

  • junihaoni

    its stunning but will it break?

  • Reiko

    Aesthetically, nice. Ergonimically, impractical. One must spread his/her legs when seated. It will be very uncomfortable to do so for a period of time, not to mention being seen as very unclassy.

  • Ina

    hmmmm…did I miss something..? A chair is to sit in right? Chains, or no chain……I see myself “sitting” in this chair sliding on the neet and fancy polished surface into quite an uncomfortable position…..

    The script is completely uninteresting. It only tells about the creative play to make an object.
    Only if you actually manage to merge that with the actual specifications of “what qualities a chair is to serve you have made something useful – otherwise it might look better upside down …or lying on the side…,

  • abdulqadirabas

    I just hope the carbon fiber part were transparent so that the ribs will appear as it is alone and be able to showcase its mathematical beauty.. anyway black and white is a good contrast for differentiating two opposition task, structure and skin.
    Carbon Fiber is extremely lightweight and stiff, wait till you hold this chair and you’ll just keep wondering how light and reliable it is. : p

  • marginal divide

    the chairs footprint as compared to its seating platform is too big.

  • Pedro

    The creators of the chair+stool DO NOT understand the way Gaudi designed structures.

    He used chain models (actually strings and small weights) because they were perfect simulations of how the real load and constrain system of the finished buildings were to have after construction. Using the same method, the designers should have hung someting that would represent a seated person. BUT, of course, the result would be less “cool” and more like a “normal” chair with straight legs. moreover, how about lateral load (we never stay still while seated…)

    This brings up another important issue that any designer should always take into account: the relation between structural sytems and SCALE.

    The “reinforced shell” structure would perform well for a medium-large volume (i.e. public building), but it is TOTALLY inefficient for a small span (chair) or too large span, were the size makes the curvature irelevant (Sydney Opera) . To see good aplication of what i´msaying, just remember the projects done by Candela or Nervi, for example (forget Calatrava).

    Last note: Gaudi used his “analog” models because there were notcomputers available. Today, using chain models is an anachronism. especially if compared with the effort used in the manufacturing of this chair. We can very well use FEM software to optimize structural shapes via testing “digital” models.

    I´m sorry but i cannot dissagree more with the simplistic approach shown in the design of this chair.

    I apologize for such a long post, and thank you very much for reading it.

  • sa

    chris_d is correct. the profiles at the edges look like catenaries. but if it were truly following the logic of “hanging chain” models and catenaries then you would 1 – not need the ribs and 2 – never have a flat surface. flat surfaces are never structural when they have no depth – the ribs have to be added to make that part of the chair work as a structure. this is just an example of someone copying the LOOK of something (ie-the catenary), and not investigating or utilizing the logic. it’s elegant – but its a lie and insulting to call it a “gaudi” chair.

  • jenson

    Pedro: FEM analysis is a top-down method. in other words one designs something which is tested for its strength afterwards.
    Here I first a strong shape is generated and then applied using techniques and materials. (they probably used FEM software before actually producing such an expensive prototype..)
    I thinks it’s a good way to show a product in which technology is used in a logical and natural way, which results in a progressive, unconventional looking chair.

  • trimtab21

    You have really done a very nice tribute to the great Architect. Seeing Gaudi’s work in person is a life-changing experience for any designer or Architect. The people with the negative criticism have probably not seen his work.

  • Nor55

    I am looking forward to see its Gaudi’s Bed!

  • Hannah

    Is there a rhino/grasshopper file for this chair?