Chassis by Stefan Diez for Wilkhahn


Chassis by Stefan Diez

Milan 2011: German designer Stefan Diez will present this chair made using vehicle manufacturing technology for design brand Wilkhahn in Milan next week.

Chassis by Stefan Diez

Components of the chair, called Chassis, are formed from deep-drawn sheet metal with the same techniques used for car bodies.

Chassis by Stefan Diez

Seats made of woven polypropylene are fused to the metal frame through a concealed connection.

Chassis by Stefan Diez

The chair will be exhibited by Spotti at Viale Piave 27, Milan; from the 12th to 16th of April 2011, in a number of colour and fabric combinations, developed in collaboration with fashion designer Farah Ebrahimi.

Photographs by Robert Fischer and Wilkhahn.

The following is from the designer:

Exclusive showcase with Stefan Diez during the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair:

The next step – Chassis meets lifestyles

Multi-purpose chair Chassis is causing quite a stir. Because state-of-the-art vehicle body manufacturing technology is being used to make its frame. As a result, it is already considered a milestone in design history. During the Milan Furniture Fair, Wilkhahn and designer Stefan Diez will be presenting the next step: they will be exhibiting colourful Chassis models for the first time in a showcase at Spotti, a Milan design institution. The chairs reveal a further strength of their design: textile seat shells and complementing frame colours, developed in collaboration with fashion designer Farah Ebrahimi. Chassis with all its distinctive appeal and very own style blends in with very different lifestyles - from classical to modern to avant- garde.

Design: Studio Stefan Diez, Munich/Germany
Function: four-legged chair, models with polypropylene shells can be stacked four high
Range of use: canteens, dining rooms, meeting and workshop spaces, recreational areas and studios
Dimensions: WxHxD = 537 x 785 x 570 mm, seat height 442 mm
Weight: 5,4 kg
Frame colours: graphite black, concrete grey, grey white, flame red, brown green
Seat shells: Through-dyed polypropylene shells: black, white or grey
Textile shells: “Canvas”, “Hopsack”, “Lama”, each type is available in 5 different colours
Standards: DIN EN 13761, GS-symbol, California Standard 117
Sustainability: recyclable materials, exchangeable shells

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Posted on Tuesday April 5th 2011 at 6:27 pm by Kate Parker. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • It is a very nicely designed chair and impressive in its level of finish but wasn't the milestone Zanuso's lambda chair? It was the first to use steel manufacturing techniques from the auto industry. This seems to be a fusion of the technology of that chair and the Eames Aluminum group chair.

    • Apologies for adding to a very old conversation but I've been writing about this piece and think it's important that we distinguish between Zanuso's Lambda chair and what Stefan Dietz has achieved. Zanuso deserves credit of course, but his chair's use of sheet metal forming is analogous to car body panels, whereas what Dietz has done is to mirror the semi-monocoque construction of the car, producing a far stronger chair, hence the name Chassis.

  • Ynot

    Compared to many other chair designs about I would agree that this is high level in terms of industrial technique & finish.

    I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me that it was a new design from Alberto Meda, as it has a refined engineered esthetic.

  • It was on Stefans page for quite some time. It seems it made to production finally.
    I love it from the first moment I saw it :)
    For me it doesn't really matter if it made mentioned milestone or not.

  • Doug C.

    It doesn't matter to me either. Most design is incremental improvement, I prefer to judge a design on it's own merits, not inflated claims and this chair is a sophisticated assemblage, it doesn't need the hype. I suppose it's the nature of PR though.

  • Dylan

    I think the problem of this chair is that it's look very serious, like a design thinking, but at the end, it's a boring shape. More a design chair for designers…
    What does this chair solve for the user i mean ?

  • MPM

    Very nice chair.
    Do they sell in in pony skin?