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Sculptural chairs refer to expressive pieces that are designed with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and artistic form.

These chairs often push the boundaries of traditional chair design and incorporate unique shapes, curves, and materials to create visually striking pieces of functional art.

Tongue Chair by Pierre Paulin

An iconic masterpiece synonymous with Pierre Paulin's innovative and sculptural approach to furniture design

Groovy Chair by Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin's Groovy Chair, an iconic design from the 1970s, blends organic curves with futuristic flair, epitomising the era's avant-garde aesthetic.

Celebrating form and silhouette

Sculptural chairs refer to chairs that are designed with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and artistic form. These chairs often push the boundaries of traditional chair design and incorporate unique shapes, curves, and materials to create visually striking pieces of functional art.

Sculptural chairs can be found in various styles and materials, including wood, metal, plastic, and even unconventional materials like glass or acrylic. They often feature intricate detailing, unusual angles, and organic or abstract shapes that make them stand out as artistic objects.

One characteristic of sculptural chairs is their focus on the overall form and silhouette. They may have exaggerated curves, asymmetrical shapes, or geometric patterns that enhance their visual appeal. Some sculptural chairs may resemble abstract sculptures or take inspiration from natural elements like waves, flowers, or animals.

These chairs are designed not only to provide seating but also to make a bold statement or serve as a conversation piece in a space. They can be used in various settings, including living rooms, lounges, offices, and even galleries or museums, where they can be appreciated as art objects.

Examples of well-known sculptural chairs include:

Panton Chair

Designed by Verner Panton, this iconic chair features a fluid and curvaceous form made from a single piece of molded plastic.

Wiggle Chair

The Wiggle Chair created by architect Frank Gehry, this chair is made from layers of corrugated cardboard, forming a sculptural and undulating shape.

Tulip Chair

The Tulip Chair designed by Eero Saarinen, this chair has a sculptural pedestal base and a smooth, organic seat that resembles a tulip flower.

Ribbon Chair

The Ribbon Chair chair, designed by Pierre Paulin, features a sinuous and flowing shape reminiscent of a ribbon, created using molded foam and upholstery.

Sculptural chairs are highly collectable and offer a fusion of functionality and artistic expression, transforming the act of sitting into a visually engaging experience.

Pierre Paulin - Tongue Chair - Artifort

A renowned sculptural chair of the 1970s, the tongue chair is a regular on our workbenches. Comprising of a tubular metal frame with elasticated webbing and a rubber membrane, we have replaced many foam interiors and tailored covers on this model.

Pierre Paulin - ABCD Sofa - Artifort

This sofa required a full restoration of the foam interior from the metal frame upwards. The foam interior was re-fabricated the shape using various laminated layers, then fixed to a metal frame with rubberised webbing and platform cloth.  A true era of experimentation, this restoration involved a cross-over of traditional and modern materials. 

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