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MANTIS SIDE & LOUNGE CHAIRS

Inspired by the noble praying mantis, the signature stance and powerful limbs of this chair offers a study in contrasts. Strong and elegant, sharp and curved, thick and thin — the Mantis is sturdy and solid, yet visually light. Designer Craig Bassam conceived the chair to be a new American classic, an object that possessed measurable gravitas and wasn’t overly indebted to the classic dining chairs associated with mid-century Europe.

From certain angles, the Mantis Chair feels almost like a piece of sculpture. Carved entirely from solid wood, it is a new alternative to the classic and indestructible courthouse chair. Unlike many of its predecessors, however, comfort is at the forefront, with a commodious, ergonomically shaped seat. A hand-stitched leather cushion can be added to amplify both comfort and luxury.

True to BassamFellows’ luxurious but authentic vision, each chair is unique and finishes never mask the natural beauty of the wood. Hence, the solid wood patinas beautifully with age (joints reinforced by steel pins ensure strength and durability) and each chair will last generations - a true 21st century heirloom.

While the Mantis may be thought of as an exotic species, this chair tends to look right at home wherever it is placed, both in contemporary and traditional interiors, and residential and contract applications. It’s no surprise that the striking piece has registered with architects and editors – the chair was selected for Paris’ Rem Koolhaas designed Le Dauphine Restaurant and Wallpaper* Magazine’s W* House – proving, perhaps unsurprisingly, that this new American classic has acquired an international fan base.

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CB-25 Mantis Side Chair in carved solid Walnut with optional cushion.

MATTEO MENDIOLA

CB-25 Mantis Side Chair in Ebonized Ash.

SAM INTERRANTE

Carved entirely from solid wood, the Mantis is a new alternative to the classic and indestructible courthouse chair.

MATTEO MENDIOLA

CB-25 Mantis Side Chair with CB-311P Leather Desk Petit, both in carved solid Walnut.

MAX ROMMEL

Comfort is at the forefront, with a commodious, ergonomically shaped seat.

MATTEO MENDIOLA

CB-25 Mantis Side Chair with CB-325 Spoke Dining Table, both in carved solid Walnut.

JAI ODELL

CB-250 Mantis Lounge Chair in carved solid Walnut with optional cushion.

Eldon Zimmerman

The Mantis Lounge Chair feels almost like a piece of sculpture.

ELDON ZIMMERMAN

Limbs of the Mantis Side Chair offer a study in contrasts. Strong and elegant, sharp and curved, thick and thin.

LEAD IMAGE

CB-25 Mantis Side Chair in solid carved Walnut with CB-35 Circular Dining Table

in solid Walnut.

Photography by Max Rommel

DIMENSIONS

CB-25 Mantis Side Chair

W 25 1/2” D 21” H 30 7/8” SH 17 3/8” AH 26 5/8”
W 64.8cm D 53.3cm H 78.5 cm SH 44.2cm AH 67.6cm

CB-250 Mantis Lounge Chair

W 27 1/2” D 23 1/2” H 26 3/8” SH 14 7/8” AH 22 1/8”
W 69.8 D 59.7cm H 67 cm SH 37.8cm AH 56.2cm

MATERIALS

Carved Solid Teak, Walnut or Ash.

Design 2008

NIKOLAS KOENIG