GUBI AND KOMPLOT
During the Copenhagen International Furniture
Fair in the Bella Center May 4 7 they launch a new felt chair based
on a technology that is not traditionally used in the furniture industry.
The GUBI Chair II is made from polyester
fibres extracted from plastic water bottles and then transformed into
felt. Two felt mats are moulded around a steel tube construction in one
single process. In this way the industrial process is minimized considerably,
since no subsequent upholstery or mounting process is required. There
is no inner wooden or plastic shell to support the construction. The supporting
qualities are incorporated in the felt.
Furthermore the material has a sound-absorbing quality, which is of course a unique advantage in a chair. From an environmental standpoint the GUBI Chair II is unrivalled. With our first GUBI Chair we also reduced the consumption of material by half, and it has almost become a sport to get better and more efficient in this field, concludes Jacob Gubi.
Moulding of polymer fibre felt is commonly used in certain industries. In the automobile industry, for instance, moulded felt has been chosen since it fulfils the automobile industrys strict demands concerning flexibility, sound-absorption, abrasion and fire resistance and because it is easy to clean also essential qualities for furniture in the private as well as the contract sector.
Innovation often comes into the picture when
studying other industries. The laminated wooden chair, which is common
property today, is a good example. When Charles and Ray Eames made their
first chair in moulded veneer in the late 1940s it was a worldwide sensation.
A Royal Air Force aircraft using the same production technique had inspired
them. If they had not been so extremely innovative at that time, the most
common type of wooden chair we know would not have
The GUBI Chair II in felt is the first child in a large family of armchairs, lounge chairs and bar stools. For a start the chairs are introduced in a plain colour or in two-coloured felt in a combination of black, dark grey, light grey, natural white and sand. The base is chromium plated.
Great efforts will naturally be spent on creating an addition to the GUBI Chair II family in the near future. The pure expression of this chair will definitely appeal to people with a preference for straightforward, functional design.
GUBI is a Danish family owned design company founded in
1967 by Lisbeth and Gubi Olsen. From the very start the company has been