British design studio PearsonLloyd are presenting new work with Bernhardt, Martinez Otero and Walter Knoll at this years Salone. The new bar stool project for Walter Knoll is made from a single moulding incorporating a foot rest, seat pan frame and features a unique gas lift actuation mechanism. There are no visible fixings yet the chair is possible to take a part for repair and recycle if needed.
The stool has been designed with the upholstery in mind so that it can be replaced and repaired with all parts being disassembled ultimately for recycling. There are no visible fixings on the product and the main assembly is push fit making it efficient to assemble and easy to build. It's unique, in that it's Walter Knolls' first, fully integrated plastic product but still draws on the heritage of high upholstery with an innovative design to the seat pan and seat cover.
Our ambition was to optimise the structure in terms of material use. FEA (finite element analysis) was used extensively to ensure that the injection modeled structure was both producible in terms of moulding technology but also in order to use no more material than was necessary to satisfy the most stringent test requirements. All parts can be easily and quickly disassembled with minimal mechanical intervention to enable either repair or recycling. The chair itself is height adjustable and rotates through 360 degrees of movement. The base structure, when not assembled, is extremely compact which means shipping is reduced to a minimum in terms of volume and weight.
You can catch PearsonLloyd here:
Salone Internazionale Del Mobile
Pavilion 7, Stand A19