‘Straw’ Chair Is A Modern Reinvention Of Bauhaus Thinking
To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school, designers Osko + Deichmann have created a remarkable new chair.
To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school, designers Osko + Deichmann have created a tubular steel chair that at first glance might have been resurrected from a Marcel Breuer castoff. The Bauhaus loved experimenting with steel tubing for furniture in the 1920’s partly because it could be formed into smooth curves that were strong.
O + D stuck to the form follows function Bauhaus mantra but there is a fabrication detail on the Straw chair that is drawing a lot of attention and controversy. Instead of shaping the chair with smooth bends, O + D instead kinked the tubing in much the same way as a straw bent too far. The resulting corners look like they were folded by hand and have a spontaneous feel. The perceived weakness of the tubing becomes celebrated. The Straw chair garnered a lot of attention at this years Stockholm Furniture Fair and has already started to pick up some awards.