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Coquille chair by Powerhouse Company for Lensvelt

Coquille chair by Powerhouse Company for Lensvelt

Dezeen Showroom: the shape of scallop shells informed Powerhouse Company's dramatically curving Coquille chair, which the architecture studio has designed for Dutch brand Lensvelt.

The Coquille chair is made of tubular steel bent into flowing lines, in homage to what Powerhouse Company considers "one of nature's most amazing designs".

Coquille chair by Powerhouse Company for Lensvelt
The shape of the Coquille chair references seashells and bistro seating

The architecture firm also took cues from modernist bentwood bistro chairs and aimed to reinterpret the classic design for the present moment.

The final result is what Powerhouse Company describes as a one-piece sculpture, with an extreme degree of bending in the legs that required innovative solutions from Lensvelt's skilled artisans in Italy to execute.

Coquille chair by Powerhouse Company for Lensvelt
The chair is made of bent steel

"Getting the legs right was the key to our design," said Powerhouse Company. "Visually, they extend the flowing form of the chair body into a single, infinitely flowing line. The upholstered seat then sits in the centre of the chair like a pearl in an oyster."

Coquille is recyclable and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

The photography is by Maria Bodil.

Product: Coquille
Designer: Powerhouse Company
Brand: Lensvelt
Contact: [email protected]

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