Grillage by Francois Azambourg for Ligne Roset

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Grillage by Francois Azambourg

Cologne 2011: French brand Ligne Roset presented this folded mesh chair by French designer Francois Azambourg at imm cologne in Germany last week.

Grillage by Francois Azambourg

Called Grillage, the piece is made by stretching a metal sheet with tiny grooves cut into it, then folding into a seat and attaching to a bent steel frame.

Grillage by Francois Azambourg

A stretchy, quilted throw can be attached to the seat with magnets sewn into the fabric.

Grillage by Francois Azambourg

Grillage by Francois Azambourg

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The information that follows is from Ligne Roset:


Called Grillage, the design

The principle for creating the basic shape of Grillage is very simple: a sheet of metal with staggered grooves is folded, origami-style, and then drawn to create a mesh. Grillage tells the story of its manufacturing process...drawing, folding, creasing. It reveals everything about itself, from how it was designed to how it was produced.

Grillage – wire mesh - it’s the way to achieve both comfort and ergonomics with an all-metal piece of furniture. It may be covered with a special quilted material for added comfort and a warmer appearance. An outdoor version is available in light blue.

To manufacture Grillage, a sheet of metal, which is grooved in staggered rows, is stretched. Metal wire is then soldered to the exterior, piece by piece. The sheet thus obtained is folded at various points to create the seat: this is a manual operation which renders each armchair ‘unique’.The shape of the armchair will evolve over time.


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    Is a giant napkin for animated 3D stone monsters.

  • truthnbeauty

    Very beautiful and elegant in it's purity and simplicity in both idea and execution. A timeless and welcoming form. I love that it is one artfully folded mesh piece which reveals it's conception and it's making as the aesthetic. I think it would be even more visually successful with a contrast of mesh and tube support finish. The single color dilutes the expressive potential of the two different forms. The unique-piece 'evolving' aspect of the chair gives it yet another wonderful product dimension. I wish I had designed this! I want one…………or more!