Transposing styling and production ideas from cars are leading to interesting innovations in furniture design.

At the 2011 ICFF, Wilkhahn’s Chassis Chair which we learned is inspired and produced in the same way sheet metal for cars is stamped out got our attention. It was rare to see a manufacturing process promote a chair, especially one borrowed from another industry. Designboom recently featured two more interesting furniture projects drawing on the auto industry for inspiration.

Benjamin Hubert’s ‘Treis’ pendant lights are manufactured in an automotive stamping plant out of a single piece of aluminum. The stamping process allows for the sculptural shape of the shade to be created without a seam. The polycarbonate diffuser over the bulb is inspired by the shapes of car headlights.

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