Benjamin Hubert X Classicon
‘Membrane’ is a new lounge chair launching at Salone Internazionale del
Mobile in April 2013. The project is the result of a close collaboration between
Benjamin Hubert and German brand Classicon.
‘Membrane’ is a lounge chair comprising a lightweight steel and aluminium
framework with a stretched 3D woven textile mesh. The chair weighs only 3kg.
The chair stems from the studio’s materials driven, process led, industrial design approach, and research into the construction of tents and sports products with a focus on space frames and stretched textile.
‘Membrane’ utilises a CNC-shaped stainless steel and aluminium framework to
describe the shape of the chair. This framework is then wrapped in a 3D woven textile with integrated padding. This construction and materiality is more commonly found in the sporting goods industry and tent construction. The cover is secured to the framework with a series of zips and fastenings.
The combination of metal frame and padded textile allows ‘Membrane’ to use a minimal amount of polyurethane foam – a conventional armchair would be covered almost entirely with foam – therefore reducing the carbon footprint of this type of product.
3D woven textile
Steel and aluminium frame