Bender Chair

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While its simple and reduced form suggests an aesthetically-motivated design, Frederik Kurzweg’s Bender Chair is built with the experience of sitting in mind, created to support you from 9 to 5. Just like modern office chairs use complex mechanisms and hydraulic systems to enable movement, the sleek chair literally bends and flexes, the idea being that “the human body is not built for rigid sitting on a chair over an extended period of time.” With a focus on material, Kurzweg created the prototype by hand from a steel shell housing and a thin glass fibre seat (although polypropylene would be used in serial production). “Ergonomic seating has a significant importance for the preservation of long-term health,” explains the designer; with Bender Chair both form and function are preserved, proving that comfort does not have to be a sacrifice.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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