Boss Chair by
Tobias Nitsche

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German design graduate Tobias Nitsche has developed a chair with a seat and back moulded from lightweight 3D plywood.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

The moulded parts are made from thin plywood veneer that can be shaped when heated into tight curves to stiffen the material so additional bracing is not required.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

"More deformation means more stability in a chair with less material," explains Tobias Nitsche, who designed the chair during his studies at ECAL in Lausanne.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

Working with veneer specialists at German company, Danzer, he was able to explore forms that achieve the necessary rigidity without cracking the wood.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

Four CNC-milled wooden blocks join the legs to the seat and the back is attached using wooden dowels so only one material is required to produce the chair.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

"For me the challange was to find a language that translates the characteristics of the material into an object that is light, stable and visualises comfort," says Nietsche.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

The result is a chair suited to use in bars, restaurants or other venues where furniture is frequently moved around and stacked.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

Earlier this week we featured the rerelease of Arne Jacobsen's classic plywood Tongue chair, while Berlin's Eric and Johnny Design Studio showed a plywood chair with a structure inspired by I-beams at this year's imm Cologne.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

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Here's a short description from the designer:


Boss is a plywood chair that combines traditional woodworking techniques with the use of 3d plywood.

I worked in cooperation with the German company Danzer who is producing the material. Using their technology gives the chance to construct a plywood chair with a more radical curvature.

Boss Chair by Tobias Nitsche

The thin plywood parts are stiffened by their three dimensional moulding. Four rods complete the construction.

Like that I designed a chair that is made only from wood and is at the same time light and stable. It's visual language has never been seen in wood before.

  • scuffedshoes

    I’m so tired of 3D being used as a buzzword. I’m certain a talented designer such as Herr Nitsche could come up with a more useful and evocative term to describe his deep-molded plywood pieces.

    • ni3tzch3

      He didn’t come up with the term, its a standard industry term for this specific material.