Benjamin Hubert’s design firm recently unveiled the knitted Tent Chair for during this year’s Salone del Mobile. The launch marks LAYER’s seventh collaboration with the Italian brand, continuing the solid relationship they’ve built along the way. Utilizing a brand-new, three-dimensional knit, the world’s first 3D-knitted Tent Chair comes about after two years in development and *20* prototypes, which is no surprise giving Hubert’s focus on smart materials.
The chair is lightweight and forms to the user’s body for the perfect level of comfort and support. By using 100% recyclable knitted nylon, the Tent Chair can be used indoors or outdoors. Its breathable nature allows water to pass through making them suitable for use in most weather situations.
The chair consists of over two million knitted loops and 50,000 meters of yarn that come together to form a single seamless piece. It’s topped off with integrated cushions and sleeves that the steel frame gets inserted in. By using digital knitting technology, only a single production process is required – meaning it’s way more efficient.
Guide ropes made from high performance sailing rope keep the knit in tension, just like with a tent.