Designed using a single band of tubular steel, The Loopy Chair was designed using the same manufacturing processes of the common tubular bike rack.
Using the same manufacturing as a bike rack, the chair can withstand the elements.
Using the same formal language as the common bike rack
The chair comes with a suede leather seat.
The Loopy Chair, in the spot of a typical bike rack.
The designer, Nik Bentel, sitting in his chair.
The Dimensions of the bike rack.
The Loopy Chair which was created using a single band of tubular steel, was designed from the manufacturing processes of the common tubular bike rack. The loopy chair is made out of 3" diameter tube bent in a hydraulic tube bender. By repurposing a manufacturing process already in place, The Loopy Chair allows for novel chair construction using the common formal language of the bike rack while also not having to create excess equipment in the manufacturing process.
During the design phase, Bentel was limited by the kind of bend radiuses that a bike rack typically has. The chair had to be designed using only two different radiuses: one radius at 9"and the other at 18". This kind of restriction led the design to be a marriage of manufacturability and usability. By reimagining how we make things, designers can create original products that have yet to be seen. The prime example being The Loopy Chair.
There is untapped potential in manufacturing processes everywhere. The goal is to one day apply this design methodology in order to create other usable objects, from chairs and tables, to larger pieces of furniture including sofas and beds.This idea of rethinking manufacturing is found in Bentel's other furniture work such as his Scrap Stool Collection.
The Loopy Chair is the first of a series of projects to be released sequentially every few weeks by Bentel. This chair design is Bentel's final take on the squiggle design trend of 2020 and 2021, finalizing his series of collectible squiggle designs: The Wiggle Pipe, The Doodle Crayons and The Squiggle Glasses.