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Houdini Armchair

c. 2009

by Stefan Diez
for e15

Houdini Armchair

by Stefan Diez
for  e15

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The e15 Houdini armchair is an exem­plar of minimal foot­print design, making it an ideal choice for dining or as an occa­sional chair. This chair’s unique and ergonomic seat boasts a slight, back­ward cant that enhances comfort. The distinc­tive silhou­ette of the Houdini family is a result of the mate­r­ial used and a labor-inten­sive process inspired by tradi­tional model airplane construction methods.

During this metic­u­lous process, thin (4mm) preci­sion-cut oak-veneered bands of plywood are stretched by hand around a milled solid ring core. Impor­tantly, this method relies on glue alone, eschew­ing nails or screws for attach­ment. This combi­na­tion of mate­ri­als and crafts­man­ship confers upon each Houdini piece its distinc­tive form, seam­less construc­tion, and an air of weight­less­ness. It repre­sents a truly inno­v­a­tive approach to expe­ri­enc­ing a wooden chair or stool.

For added comfort, the Houdini armchair is avail­able with an optional seat cushion. To explore the complete range of finishes and pricing options, please don’t hesi­tate to contact us at 800.886.0867.


Stefan Diez


The craftsmanship of carpentry profoundly influences Stefan Diez's work. Born in 1971 in Freisin, Germany, the industrial designer grew up in a household of 4th generation carpenters. He spent three years as a cabinet maker before attending the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, where he studied under Richard Sapper. In 2002, he founded his studio, and by 2008 created DIEZ OFFICE. Diez became a professor of industrial design at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe in 2007, teaching there until 2014. He then joined the School of Industrial Design Lund, Sweden in 2015 and continued to teach as the head of Industrial Design ID1 at Die Angewandte in Vienna. Diez’s industrial design work includes furniture, tableware, and home accessories. He often collaborates with various manufacturers including e15, Emu, HAY, Rosenthal, Thonet, Vibia, Wagner, and Wilkhahn.

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