There is subtle, invisible but crucial architectural detail here. One of BassamFellows’ ongoing projects is to create what we think is the most fundamental as well as elegant dining chair, where the detail on the materials used is a key visual component, and the shape is dynamic but feels effortless and light. This new design mixes a visual simplicity with an involved technique: to achieve the angle silhouette that echoes the physicality of a sprinter at the starting blocks, the chair is supported by a pair of back legs that lean at 70 degrees, in contrast to the simple vertical lines at the front. The backrest is a key architectural aspect – cantilevered and supported by thin wooden armrests sculpted to be wider at the front for function and tapered away to as little as possible behind. The construction is more complicated than the shape appears – to achieve the elements of negative space and lightness we wanted, we embedded a steel support in the armrest and backrest.
The chair’s angled silhouette echoes the physicality of a sprinter at the starting blocks.
The construction is more complicated than the shape appears. Embedded steel supports in the armrest and backrest give the chair negative space and lightness.
The backrest is cantilevered and supported by thin wooden armrests sculpted to be wider at the front for function and tapered away to as little as possible behind.
CB-55 Wedge Side Chair in carved solid Walnut and upholstered seat.
Photography Marco Favalli
W 25” D 24 1/8” H 30 3/8” SH 18” AH 25 1/4”
W 63.4cm D 61.3cm H 77.1cm SH 46cm AH 64.1cm
Frame in solid Walnut, White Oak, Ash or Ebonized Ash. Upholstered seat.