Drapée chair by Constance Guisset
designed to look like draped fabric

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The curving lines of this steel wire chair by French designer Constance Guisset are intended to represent fabric draped over the seat and back (+ slideshow).

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

Bent steel rods that form the surfaces of the backrest and seat of Guisset's Drapée chair appear to gather in one of the seat's front corners.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

"I am very much interested in fabric and soft materials," Guisset told Dezeen. "A drape is fascinating because it recalls fluidity and a certain impression of movement. I wanted to recall this movement with a few lines, as if a fabric had been left on a chair frame."

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

The frame is made in two sections; a front piece with angled legs and a rounded back that are joined at the rear of the seat and held in tension by the steel wires.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

The designer worked with a metal fabricator to develop the position of the lines, which were originally drawn using computer-modelling software but required an iterative process of refinement in the workshop.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

"As the chair is made of free-form wires it was quite a challenge to make it comfortable and rigorous," Guisset recalled. "After each wire was welded, we tested comfort and observed the shape, unwelding lines as many times as necessary and doing it again. In the end we spent three full days in the factory, just for a tube frame and 16 lines in wire!"

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

The chair is designed to be used in homes or restaurants and therefore needed to be lightweight so it can be moved easily, and stackable for saving space.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

"It was a real desire to make it strong, comfortable, stackable and light at the same time," said Guisset. "It was also about visual lightness that is a deep aspiration in my work. As it is built with just a few lines of tube and wire, physical lightness is a natural consequence."

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

The product is available in black, white, gold and pale blue finishes. A separate cushion pad features a pattern that replicates the lines of the seat.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

Guisset's promotional photography presents the product alongside marble statues wearing the sorts of draped fabric garments that inspired the design.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

"I often visit museums and take pictures of draped sculptures," said Guisset. "I feel a very soft sensuality in them, so it was quite natural for me to use some antique and Italian sculptures. I wanted the pictures to express the freedom, lightness and dancing qualities of the object. The drape was highlighted by the sculptures’ presence."

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

Drapée was exhibited by French design brand Petite Friture at last month's Maison&Objet fair outside Paris.

Drapee chair by Constance Guisset designed to look like draped fabric

  • rafa

    Acapulco chair revisited!

    • mmmm

      Really?

    • eee

      Not really!

  • jos

    Nice chair! Really elegant.