How does Emeco turn soda bottles into chairs? What's the trick behind the stitching in Ligne Roset's intricate Ruche sofa? Can you guess the magic number of veneer layers that go into Fritz Hansen's 3107 chair? Here, we reveal manufacturing secrets behind four pieces of modern furniture.
Despite its relatively simple-looking form, the Ruché is a highly labor-intensive piece of furniture, requiring a diverse range of craftspeople and talents. Each Ruché is made on demand, and with 35 fabric and leather choices, hundreds of color options, and four frame variations (natural beech or stained red, blue, or gray), the piece is almost endlessly customizable. See the manufacturing process here. Photo by: Nicholas Calcott
Photo by: Nicholas Calcott
Courtesy of: Nicholas Calcott
It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair. We take you to the floor of Fritz Hansen's stackable-chair factory to show you how it's done. Photo by: Alex Subrizi
Photo by: Alex Subrizi
The Steelwood chair from Magis is a product of experience—the suppliers who punch the sheet metal for the back, which adroitly supports four legs and a beech wood seat, are among Italy’s most skilled metalworkers.