The Steelwood chair is an innovative design of exceptional quality with a classic and sophisticated presence. From designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Steelwood chair was the first product produced of the now more extensive Steelwood collection, which they consider to be “stable and democratic, universal and long-lasting.” Its classic silhouette makes it easily adaptable to any place, from contract spaces to cozy homes.
The structural framework of all Steelwood products is formed by steel, while wooden elements provide supporting functions. Their respective roles are intentionally visible and result in a coherent overall picture. The particularity and complexity of this chair comes from the backrest, a veritable technical gem. A process of nine different phases occurs to achieve the backrests’ curved shape, alternating between industrial technology with artisanal attention to detail. This combination of solid materials, modern technologies, and artisanal associations qualify Steelwood as a long-lasting and stainable product, earning it the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Award in 2011.
The Steelwood chair is available with a seat and legs in solid beech (natural or painted), solid American walnut (natural), or solid oak (natural or painted). Back in steel plate painted in polyester powder. Version with seat in plywood upholstered and covered in fabric (Kvadrat “Divina 3” and “Divina MD”) is also available.
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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are two of the most prolific and in-demand designers working today, and they continually collaborate with the industry’s leading brands, including Alessi, Cappellini, Ligne Roset, HAY, Kvadrat, and Kartell.
Since 1999, the brothers have jointly operated a Paris-based studio, where they produce office, residential, and outdoor furniture, tabletop accessories, rugs, and much more. As they help move the design industry in new and interesting directions, the Bouroullecs look to varied inspirations from the past. They have cited American designers of the 1940’s and 1950’s and Italian designers of the 1970’s and 1980’s as influences.
The duo is obsessed with material clarity, and they often rely on material to guide the design direction of the piece they are working on. For instance, their Officina collection for Magis is defined by its amazingly delicate wrought-iron supports, while their Slow armchair for Vitra features an unexpected knit sling cover. The Bouroullecs have helped shape contemporary office design with numerous products for Vitra, including flexible Workbays and high-back Alcove seating, that add privacy and noise mitigation to modern workspaces.