Comfortably Contemporary: Cover Chair
Born from the aspiration of creating a soft and modern wooden armchair, Cover for Muuto came to life after three years of experimentation by designer Thomas Bentzen.
When Thomas first set out to design a wooden armchair, he wasn’t entirely sure which approach he’d take and, subsequently, his sketches covered an array of possible directions.
At first, Thomas wanted for the design to place a heavy emphasis on solid wood however due to his search for a more modern, crisp, and vivid expression, he looked towards plywood.
Wanting a light chair with a strong and solid base, Thomas gravitated towards using a thin plywood for the chair’s seat and back with the original thought of bending the material rather than form-pressing it—a prototype was made in solid ash and hand-bended plywood.
While a thin and crisp expression was achieved at this stage, the construction didn’t prove itself strong enough for daily use. Instead, the molded veneer was reached by using paper-thin plywood sheets. Lastly, a thin plywood cover was pushed down over the legs and backrest of the chair for maximum comfort.