Ben van Berkel’s continuous chair is made out of wood in an extraordinary way. Stability is its outstanding quality, in addition to a sustainable, ergonomic and contemporary design following the tradition of the best carpentry techniques and expertise in the curving of wood, which occurs in two directions in the back of the chair. “My world is the world in transformation. That’s why I try to free the design of any style fixation. ” In the SILU table, the quality of the wood construction is clearly apparent, especially in the joint between the leg and the worktop, where it curves to meet the solid wood. Following the same forms as the chair, it avoids edges at this point.
The wood is certified ash or oak and is available in natural colours but also in a range of stains that can be combined. “I’m interested in how the design feels. In a building it is very rare for the body to touch the construction, whereas here all of the construction – the chair – touches the body. ”
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Stained Ash or Stained Oak
- Size Description
Seat H 45 cm
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honors in 1987. In 1988 he and his wife, Caroline Bos, set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam named Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau, which realized, among others projects, the Karbouw office building, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. In 1998 van Berkel and Bos relaunched their practice as UNStudio, where UN stands for "United Net". Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. He has led Diploma Units at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (1992-1993) and the Architectural Association in London (1999). Before he became Professor Conceptual Design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2001, he was Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Princeton University and Harvard University. In 2011 Ben van Berkel was appointed the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Central to his teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organisation and engineering constructions.