The idea behind the Comfy Cargo Chair was to create a piece of furniture that has no restrictions as far as the form is concerned. The designer gives the original shape to the chair but leaves its owner to complete the design; this way the surface of the item remains unfinished giving the user the opportunity to change its form in any possible way. The whole process requires a collaboration between the designer and the user, although this occurs in different moments. The first one defines the original shape whilst the other gives the final touch.
The design consists of a three dimensional grid. An open structure of hollows that allow the user to fill with any material; books, newspapers, pillows, anything you can imagine. The choice of material, shape and texture of the things that will “fill” the chair reflect the taste of the owner whilst it makes it a personal design at the same time. The open framework allows the user to change and redefine this object as many times as he likes. A creative procedure that can be repeated over and over again, a chance for everybody to be the creator of an individual piece of furniture.
The ‘Comfy Cargo Chair’ consists of 52.46 meters of 8mm sturdy rounded steel. It has 66 curved elements and alone weighs 20.89 kg, with a volumetric capacity of 0.5 cubic meters. Together the cross beams and curves provide a very stable construction for sitting. The complex design is the result of a period of digital drafting and production technology. This process, along with the CNC controlled bending of the metal curvature, made the efficient production of such a seemingly complex structure possible.
About Stephan Schulz
studies of industrial design at the Academy of Arts and Design Halle (Germany)
Erasmus studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
internship at the Bellini Design Studio in Milan