MY Lounge Chair

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Salone del Mobile, Milano, Italië

Walter Knoll

UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Martijn Prins, William de Boer and Machteld Kors
Walter Knoll: Markus Benz, Jurgen Rohm

The architect-designer: from spatial effects to hybrid forms – Ben van Berkel and UNStudio practice architecture as a discipline that possesses a wide range of scales and dimensions. Thus, the house, the department store, the railway station, the museum, the temporary installation and the theoretical manifesto are all intricate parts of our oeuvre. However, for the last four years or so, the sofa, the chair, and the table have become integral parts of that broad architectural palette too and are now developing into a family of designs in the classical tradition of the architect-designer.

“The architectural approach to furniture is different from that of the industrial designer as the architect begins with the space and the environment that the chair will become a part of. All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects. This architectural approach to furniture is connected to a very personal ideology of space.” Ben van Berkel

MY Lounge Chair - for Walter Knoll – Extending Ben van Berkel’s earlier MYchair into a family of related designs, MYchair Lounge was presented for the first time at the Walter Knoll stand in Milan in 2011. MYchair Lounge continues and extends the formal qualities and spatial effects of the earlier MYchair, with the facet shapes of the chaise longue inspired seat echoed in the curves of the supporting frame.

"MYchair Lounge is literally an expansion of the MYchair, both physically and conceptually. An actual stretching of the original chair extends the 'Coming Home' concept of relaxation and reflection even further." Ben van Berkel

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