Paper chairs carry heavy load

Austrian design studio rausgebrannt is passionate about paper. Having made its name with the eye-catching Cut Clock series, it has turned its attention to furniture – with its new Pop UP chair, made of Invercote.

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“Cut Clock plays with the dimensions by switching between two- and three-dimensional shapes, so we decided to do the same with furniture,” explains rausgebrannt owner Bernhard Rameder.

The result is a foldable paper chair, or Pop UP Chair. Although it is made entirely of paper, it is designed to carry a maximum load of up to 105 kilograms.

“We wanted to create a new sensory experience in the furniture industry, using a sustainable, recyclable material,” Rameder says. “You wouldn’t imagine that you could sit on a paper chair, but so far the people who’ve tried it haven’t noticed that it isn’t made of plastic.”

Rameder and his colleagues tried a variety of paper products before being tipped off about Invercote by German design magazine Novum.

“None of the other materials we tried came anywhere close to the performance of Invercote,” he admits. “We’re using the Bio coating for water resistance, and as a result the folded edges don’t break either.”

The Pop UP chairs were initially created as a design study for Vienna Design Week 2014, but following considerable public interest, rausgebrannt is looking into putting them on the market.

“As they’re foldable, they take up next to no space, making them ideal for events,” Rameder says. “But they can be also personalised with customer logos and designs for meeting rooms, entrances and so on.”

TEXT ISABELLE KLINGER PHOTO JANN LIPKA

Facts

Customer: Created for Vienna
design Week 2014
Designer: Bernhard Rameder, ­rausgebrannt
Material: Invercote Duo 770 g/m²
Printing technique: Logo printed with UV direct printing
Finishing technique: Laminated with Invercote GP 230 g/m² + 23 g/m² Bio
Printer: Plandruckplus in Vienna

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