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Brief Published: 27 Aug 2015

Ultra-Thin Carbon Fibre Chair

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RV1 Carbon Chair by Kris Lamba

British designer Kris Lamba has used a single sheet of carbon fibre to create an ultra-minimal chair design. Made from a continuous loop of material, the chair is strategically indented for upright or reclined seating positions, depending on which way the chair is placed.

The resin-strengthened carbon fibre has been developed through a pioneering infusion method to produce a lightweight product that is still incredibly strong. This enables a slimline, mono-material construction with enough ergonomic flex to comfortably support the user's weight.

The infusion process starts with a mould wrapped in carbon fibre, which is inserted into a vacuum-packed bag. Resin is drawn into the form through a network of pipes. The whole thing is then heat-cured and released from the mould. Available in white or black, the high-gloss finish enhances the slick design.

For more on industrial materials being used to create commercial, pared-back designs, see our S/S 17 Design Direction: Rational and Michael Sodeau's Carbon-Fibre Chair. For more on how manufacturing innovations are leading to minimal and unobtrusive products, see Slender Design: Quiet Engineering.

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