Moooi’s bar stool version of iconic Carbon Chair is "super light and super strong"
Extra Moooi: in this movie filmed in Amsterdam, Moooi co-founder Marcel Wanders discusses the woven carbon-fibre chair he designed with Bertjan Pot, which the Dutch brand relaunched this year as a bar stool.
Moooi's Carbon Chair – based on a prototype by Pot that Wanders helped develop into an industrially produced piece of furniture – is woven from strands of carbon fibre impregnated with epoxy resin to create a strong and light structure.
The seat is produced by hand-weaving black strands of the epoxy-soaked carbon fibre around a mould, which set to form a rigid structure that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
"It allows a super light structure to be super strong," Wanders says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for Moooi in Amsterdam.
"It was important for us to make a transparent seat, so we weaved it in a classical way with wires impregnated with epoxy."
The legs of the chair are also made from carbon fibre and epoxy, which attach to the bottom of the seat with screws – the only metal components in the whole chair.
"This allows the two things to be stacked and shipped more economically and ecologically," Wanders explains.
The original Carbon Chair was released in 2004, and Moooi launched the bar stool version at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan this year. It features a smaller seat on longer legs.
Wanders says the company wanted to create a bar stool to allow the product to be used in a wider variety of interior projects.
"There were more and more people who wanted to use the chair in projects who needed a bar stool," Wanders explains.
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"It has been challenging because the height is different – people sit on a bar stool in a different way – but I think we were able to make a beautiful piece and we're happy to launch it this year."
This movie was filmed at Moooi's Amsterdam showroom. The music featured is a track called Aglow by US artist RyIm.
The movie is part of our year-long Extra Moooi collaboration, which sees us working with Moooi in Milan, New York, London and Amsterdam to get under the skin of the brand, its products and designers. Read all the stories at dezeen.com/moooi.