Bernotat & Co.’s Chair Wear line offers clothing-like upholstery for furniture.
When presenting Chair Wear at Milan Design Week in 2012, Dutch design company, Bernotat & Co., did not realize that they would become so popular that they would have to create a prêt-à-porter collection. One year later, they are ready and available for anyone who wants to adorn their chair with this functional temporary upholstery. Chair Wear is a line of four different outfits for chairs that are intended to be fashionable and functional.
The premise began with the idea: ‘why buy a new chair when you can dress up the one you have?’ In 2012, the team had designed a chair for office furniture product company Gispen that included a special cushion at the back that allowed it be upholstered in a variety of different ways. This lead to experimentations with upholstery that could easily be taken on and off a chair, but like clothing.
Bernotat & Co explain in a press statement :
With Chair Wear, we looked at upholstery as a separate item, as clothing for chairs, specially designed and custom-made for this purpose. For this purpose, the chairs are dressed up with unexpected textiles, ranging from hightech to industrial to traditional. All of them provide a soft contrast to the hard, basic chairs forming the framework.
The Chair Wear line includes four styles – Pique-Pocket, Knit-Net, Hoodini, and Big Baggy – that, as the names suggest are a bit tongue-in-cheek, but are also functional. The Hoodini for instance, may just seem like a hoody for a chair, but can also function as a way to eliminate distractions and perhaps sneak in a nap.
Check out the images below and decide, does your boring wooden chair need some Chair Wear?
Images: Fast Company