Loop Chairs

Location:
Boston, MA
Scope:
Polypropylene furniture prototypes
Credit List:
Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Eric Höweler, J. Meejin Yoon
Year:
2006

Contoured by the body and conceived as a single closed ribbon, the Loop chairs form a series of variable sitting and reclining surfaces. The openness of its center allows the chair to double itself, producing an “interior” as well as an “exterior.”  The outer profile supports the sitter while the inner profile contains a secondary space for inhabitation.

The Loop chairs are made of polypropylene sheets that are heat-formed over wooden molds. The profiles are plastic-welded together (there are no adhesives or chemicals used) to form a closed loop of single homogeneous material. Polypropylene is non-toxic, 100% recyclable and inherently ductile. The chairs deflect to accommodate the weight of the body and conform gently to the body’s shape and load.

The chaise version of the Loop Chair includes a contoured geometry in plan. The leftover material from the cut sheet is utilized to form a small stool which nests into the curve of the chaise. The translucent quality of the material reinforces the sense of thinness and lightless. The chair’s material qualities and its inherent bounciness allow the sitter to feel like they are sitting on air. Nesting, rocking, packing and reconfiguring, the Loop chair invites playful inhabitation both inside and out.