The Membrane lounge chair is a result of the teamwork of London-based designer Benjamin Hubert and the German brand Classicon. This is for the first time a British designer and a German furnishing brand have worked together to come up with a beautiful design object.
The eco-design lounge chair is made of lightweight steel and aluminum framework with a stretched 3D woven textile mesh and was launched at Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan. One of the interesting features of this incredible design is its weightlessness as it weighs only 3 kilograms.
This lounge chair draws reference from the studio’s material-driven and process-led, industrial design approach. The components that are used for the creation of ‘Membrane’ are more commonly found in the sporting goods industry and tent construction. The shape of this chair is determined by a CNC-shaped stainless steel and aluminum framework, which is then entirely covered by 3D woven textile with integrated padding.
Zips and fastenings are used for securing the outer cover of the steel and aluminum frame. The usage of polyurethane foam (a material used to cover the entire conventional armchair) is minimized by the amalgamation of padded covering and metal frame, thus decreasing the carbon footprint of this product.
You can buy the ‘Membrane’ lounge chair for a cool £1750 (~ US$2,230).