Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

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Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister presented a chair with 200 patterns at Design Miami/Basel last week.

Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

Called Darwin Chair, the piece for Dutch collective Droog is covered in 200 sheets of paper each with a different print.

Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

The top sheet can be removed and discarded each time it becomes worn.

Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

Here's a bit of text from Droog:


Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

The Darwin chair utilizes a free swinging structure that includes about 200 sheets of attached prints. As the top sheet gets dirty or tired, the user can simply rip it off thereby transforming the chair’s appearance (and the remaining perforation eventually forms a comfortable head rest).

Darwin chair by Stefan Sagmeister

All sheets are printed with intricate patterns abstracting the creation of the universe, making their way through the creation of the world, the beginning of plant, animal and human life, all the way to the digital revolution.

Developed and produced by Grenswerk.


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  • tibor

    with this piece of garbage, sagmeister jumps the shark

  • http://www.andreisarusi.com Andrei Sarusi

    I’m a big fan of Sagmeister, this chair not being any exception. Love the idea!

  • gab

    This concept was first done by Cate&Nelson, and then Front followed suit… now Stefan Sagmeister. It’s a game of “follow the young designer” or what? You might say that each chair is different “in its own way”, but the concept is really the same, execution not much different.

    I would expect these well known designers to do a quick check on similar designs on the market before submitting their design proposals to companies. Originality matters, more so if you are Front or Sagmeister.

    Oz chair by Cate&Nelson (2008)
    http://3rings.designerpages.com/2008/05/23/at-icff-oz-chair/#axzz0rnDO9Qcd

    Selma chair by Front (2009)
    http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2009/05/ikea-in-milan_pe232781.jpg

  • tyler

    I don’t think Sagmeister should try the product design ;)

  • http://bit.ly/BlogDB Laura

    I love the renewing idea of having fresh covers/designs. I’m less crazy about the perforation stubs becoming a “headrest”. How thick are these paper covers?

  • http://francoisbeydoun.blogspot.com Francois Beydoun

    Renewing existing ideas is not a bad… I think :)

    François Beydoun

  • j

    Agree with Gab and I think Oz chair is the best one from others.

  • Jack

    I don’t think Sagmeister follows other designers, quite the opposite in fact.
    Still I think the idea that one sheet will wear out at a time is a bit of a long bow to draw. The bottom end where it touches the ground will see many of them wear out, get crumpled and/or soak up any liquid spills at the same time.
    Maybe that is actually part of the design too?

  • robert in lala land

    stick to graphic design – please sir. the world does not need anymore kooky furniture designs.

  • wilson

    not to mention you can buy a chair like this at ikea.

  • sis

    i agree, why dont graphic designers stick to their own job!

  • http://www.zanadesign.es Tomás

    The concept was done and the execution can always be better, but he is a graphic designer and this is a wonderful contribution to product. In stead of criticise why don’t we learn from it. I don’t see it as a chair that change the upholstery but a product that tells a story like a book. The graphics are also innovative part not just the product concept.

  • http://moquetadesign.blogspot.com/ moqueta

    Good idea, not very well result.

  • fvale

    I agree with tomás. It doesn’t matter if the concept is new or not. What matters is the contribution the object gives to the existing idea.

    I really believe that the contribution here is in the graphics. beautiful patters, I’d like to see them all.

  • tyler

    I don’t think those patterns are beautiful, regarding to past SS projects.

  • http://hifilofi.co.uk/ LBRN

    Interesting concept. It’s basically graphic design applied to furniture. So it’s isn’t a massive leap for him. But it’s cool, anyway.

  • http://hifilofi.co.uk/ LBRN

    Question…Is it any comfortable? Or is he expecting people to stick it on the wall?

  • http://www.lbinterni.com LBpavements

    WE LIKE IT =)

  • http://budrodecker.com Bud

    I think the concept is great and the execution of the patterns are fantastic. A chair that abstracts the creation of the universe as you wear through the layers? Come on.

    Graphic designers could stick to graphic design, architects could stick to architecture, and industrial designers could stick to industrial design, but then we wouldn’t have such great cross-discipline dialogue as we’re having right now.

    By the way, this isn’t the first piece industrial design that Sagmeister has done. Watch his TED talk “The power of time off” to see what he’s designed for his office http://blog.ted.com/2009/10/the_power_of_ti.php

  • j-sho

    I love how anti graphic designer you product designers are!! ‘A chair by a graphic designer – with graphics on it?! – sacrilege!!’ Chill out dudes!

  • Michael

    ahah awesome feedback!
    Can you architects and Industrial designers please stop ‘designing’ e.g. signage systems and your own identities?! And leave it to the professionals… So I can find my way around and are not confronted with all your ugly logos :-)

  • techabsolutewp

    these are really awesome design

  • adam

    seriously how much?
    ill give you my student loan for it!