As a traveller one has come to appreciate the benefits of plastic shell suitcases. They are extremely light and flexible, yet strong and good looking. Suitcases made of thin vacuum-formed plastic sheets have revolutionized an entire product species. As a furniture designer I was struck by the ingenuity of this technology, considering how appropriate it was to the production and performance of modern chair shells. The creative potential seemed obvious. However, translating it into a successful formula for a chair took time and learning. With CUP we have developed an elegant geometry for the shell, which combines structural strength with a high degree of flexibility and lightness. The upholstered inside of the shell adds a well-balanced ergonomic quality to the chair, making it a perfect choice for conference situations, waiting and dining areas. The shell in black or white plastic can be combined with an infinite range of fabrics and colours, depending on whether it has to blend with the environment or to be the protagonist.

Project assistant: Sami Ayadi (KGID)
Producer: Plank