Monoknit Chair

A low-chair made from polypropylene cord. A part of the chair is heated causing the cord to shrink and harden. Because of the knit, the whole structure pulls itself together, making it more stiff. This forms the constructive shell of the chair, while the seating part stays untreated. Through the monomateriality of the chair, it is not only easy to produce, but also easy to recycle.

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The ‘monoknit chair’ resulted from a series of experiments on behaviour of plastics under the influence of heat.

When working with synthetic textiles, that after all are also 100% plastic, I grew particularly interested in knitted structures. Because in contrary to woven textiles, the knitted ones are made from just one yarn. Heating causes them to shrink and harden where a woven textile at a certain moment would just break.

The ‘monoknit chair’ is knitted from polypropylene cord. A part of the chair is heated causing the cord to shrink and harden. Because of the knit, the whole structure pulls itself together, making it more stiff. This forms the constructive shell of the chair, while the seating part stays untreated. Through the monomateriality of the chair, it is not only easy to produce, but also easy to recycle.

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