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Knotted Chair premieres at Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco!

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Marcel Wanders’ ‘Knotted Chair’ is currently part of the group show “Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft” at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

The Knotted Chair is presented as a start of a new vision in design; “With the Knotted Chair Marcel Wanders has created the starting point of design investigation in the craft of technology resulting in an array of Dutch designers following and further developing on this fundament”.

A product of Marcel Wanders’ collaboration with the Faculty of Aviation of the Delft Technical University in 1996, this piece investigates new materials and fabrication techniques. 

‘The Knotted Chair’ is made of cords composed of carbon and aramid fibers - a strong and lightweight heat-resistant material commonly used in aerospace. Twisted around a carbon core and knotted together by hand using a macramé technique, the chair is hung in a rack and hardened by epoxy resin. Its shape is effectively achieved through the force of gravity.

Today, the ‘Knotted Chair’ is part of the world’s most prestigious museum collections – from the MoMA in New York to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

 

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