GEMLA OPEN is designed by Samuel Wilkinson 2022.
Samuel Wilkinson has challenged the technique of steam bending to it’s maximum in this sculptural lounge chair. With the GEMLA OPEN, Samuel Wilkinson has combined the traditional techniques of steam bending and paper cord weaving into a contemporary expression, with a flirtation to Gemla’s history of making the tennis racket during the 1930s – 1960s.
The chair is made of solid ash where the back consists of a single 300cm long rod that is steam-bent by hand to its undulating shape.
The decorative back of hand-braided paper cord offers a soft and flexible comfort with high durability.
The ingenious structure allows it to be easily renewed for new life cycles in the future. The seat is built in a resilient construction with a generous padding of natural horsehair and wool, where the well-balanced lumbar cushion filled with wool provides additional softness and comfort.
Neck pillow is offered as an accessory.
GEMLA OPEN is offered in hard wax oil and vegetable tanned leather in a number of different colors.
Thanks to the unique bending wood technology, the armchair, despite its lightness and low weight, is a strong construction, created to withstand high wear in public environments.