In Designing a New Sofa, Marcel Wanders Taps a Fabrication Technology Used by Car Manufacturers

Since his Knotted Chair caused a sensation over two decades ago, Marcel Wanders has dabbled in just about every medium, from furniture to video. The Dutch designer’s material choices have proved to be equally wide-ranging, displaying a facility with traditional coverings and stones as well as more contemporary composites like polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.

But Wanders’s latest project lands in new territory. The Suave collection, for Spanish outdoor furniture company Vondom, represents the first time his studio has worked with polyurethane (PU) injection molding technology, in which material and process are inseparable: A steel frame is placed in a mold, which is in turn injected with liquid PU. The resultant foam leaves no visible trace of the underlying structure.

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