At first glance, the Chair One may look too sculptural to be a practical seat, but it really offers comfortable seating. Its unique, angular frame is built like a football – a collection of small, flat planes set at angles to each other to create a three-dimensional form. 

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Image: Magis

Why We Love It

Launched in 2003, Chair One is made of die-cast aluminium, a novel material at that time for designer Konstantin Grcic and manufacturer Magis. The chair’s futuristic look seems to suggest a digital, computer-manipulated quality, but ironically, much of the early development work was done using cardboard models. This versatile chair is suitable for the indoors or the outdoors (the painted version), stackable, and flame-retardant.

Who Designed It

German designer Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinet-maker in England before he studied furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since 1991, his Munich-based office, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, has collaborated with leading design companies such as Authentics, Cappellini, Flos, Magis and Muji. He has a reputation for combining formal and analytical rigour with subtle humour in his designs, which are widely described as simple and minimalist.

What It Inspired

The original four-legged chair comes with base variations such as a swivel base, a concrete base, and a public seating system. Also part of the Family One collection is the Stool One, introduced in 2006. Available in two heights, the stool shows off the same angular seat, cantilevered atop aluminium legs.

Chair One is available at XTRA.