Rope Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek. A silhouette, an artistic gesture in space, a synthesis of contrasts.

Rope Chair is a silhouette sketched rather than a classic chair. Rope Chair is a linear design translated into 3D, a simple artistic gesture made visible in space. Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek, the chair is a synthesis of contrasts: sophisticated engineering and creative expression, solid structure and flexible elements, rigid tubes and rope.

Made for seafaring use, the rope, available in black polyester or natural linen, is at the center of the unexpected comfort of the chair; a load-bearing part of the construction allows the chair to adapt to whoever sits on it.

Where other chairs dictate a specific way of sitting, Rope chair invites creativity in posture, encouraging dynamic movements and changes of position. When the person stands up, the structure of the chair bears the traces of the body that it last supported, the imprint of a user who defines its shape. A discreet and poetic presence that combines art and industrial process. Not just a simple chair but an element that varies in space, changes shape in a continuous performance that enriches the ambiance. The uniqueness of the piece derives from those it welcomes and the seat, appearances apart, is extremely comfortable.

At a glance

What is it?
A chair that replaces the backrest with a rope that adapts to the body, welcoming it.
What is the design concept?
The unexpected solution – the rope instead of the backrest – is not an game as an end in itself but a concrete improvement in the ergonomic experience of the chair.
How it is made?
The structure is in tubular steel, the seat in pressed beech plywood and veneered ash. The rope is in black polyester or natural linen.
How is it produced and where?
Rope Chair is produced in Germany.
How is it made?
Partly by hand and partially by machine, its processing requires sensitivity to materials and great precision.
What makes it special?
It is not easy to rethink a chair. Or to design an object that invites us to experiment with new attitudes and postures. Rope Chair has succeeded in both intents, prompting a creativity of posture that remains etched in the rope.
What is it like?
Surprising, dynamic, sophisticated.