Super Chunky Steam-Bent Barstools and Chairs

Originally designed for a restaurant/bar in Stockholm, these Goma barstools and chairs are by architect Thomas Sandell.

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Aiming for “a clean and obvious design language,” Sandell managed to bend improbably thick sections of birch plywood into a seemingly impossible radius; because our eyes are trained by the Thonet chair to register what is possible in terms of steam-bending, the Goma’s elements look wonderfully chunky in contrast.

The companion dining chair looks just as nice to my eye…

…although the armrest version loses me:

I think, with the armrest version, it’s the transition from the armrest to the rear leg that bugs me. (To be fair to Sandell, I have no idea how else he could’ve managed it.)

The Goma line is in production by Nordic brand Made by Choice.

Source: core77

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