Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2020
The Rope Chair designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, from by a metal frame interlaced with a single length of marine rope that forms its back and armrests. More like a silhouette than a solid block, the Rope Chair is a line drawing translated into three dimensions, a simple artistic gesture rendered in space. A synthesis of contrasts: sophisticated engineering and creative expression, solid structure and flexible elements, stiff tubes, and pliable rope.
The rope is at the heart of the chair's unexpected comfort; a weight-bearing part of the construction, it allows the chair to adapt to those who use it. Where other chairs dictate a specific way of sitting, the Rope Chair invites creativity in posture, encouraging dynamic movement and changes in position. When the sitter rises, the chair's frame bears the traces of the body it last supported, the imprint of a user who co-defines its shape.
Size: W51 cm x D44cm x H80 cm
Material: Steel tube and rope made for marine use
Artek was named after the Modernist aim of achieving a fruitful union of art and technology. In 2020, Artek brings a new expression of this ideal to the contemporary collection, launching new products by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec with the same aspiration: to marry free artistic expression with industrial production. The Rope Chair was presented as part of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, consists of hollow steel tubes with cutouts that allow a piece of cord to be threaded through them in one uninterrupted movement.