Rope Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec




Artek – Finland


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. The chair is a synthesis of contrasts : sophisticated engineering and creative expression, solid structure and flexible elements, stiff tubes and pliable rope.

Made for marine use, 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. Available in black or grey, Rope Chair has a steel tubing frame and a seat made of form pressed beech plywood and ash veener. Its most prominent feature – the rope – is made of black polyester or natural flax, depending on colour version.

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