Product news: Hannover designer Patrick Frey curved and folded a sheet of thin aluminium to create the seat of these chairs for outdoor accessories brand Vial.
To create the Kirk chair, Patrick Frey precisely cut a special aluminium alloy so it bent into the desired shape.
He used clamps to sculpt the seat shell over a frame formed by the tubular aluminium legs and back, then folded the edges to increase stability.
The seat curves up at both sides to meet the lower bar of each armrest and swoops right to the top of the back, leaving large gaps in the corners.
Designed for Vial to be used both outdoors and in, the chairs are stackable for easy storage and transportation.
Matte surfaces are powder coated in black, white, red, blue and green.
We've also featured a chair with a backrest and seat wrapped in thick lengths of cord, plus another with a seat and back moulded from lightweight 3D plywood.