Work#321 Marée - a chair range in recycled plastic
With the launch of the Marée range of chairs, designed by Jens Martin Skibsted, high-end furniture brand Montana Furniture is adding a new and exciting chair design to their comprehensive product catalogue. Marée, meaning tide in French, has a seat made in 100% recycled plastic and is available in eight curated Montana colours, with legs in both chrome and lacquered finishes.
The characteristics of Marée are the refined and rational approach that manifests itself in the straight lines and lack of superfluous details. Originally inspired by the movement of the tide creating the distinctive wave-shaped sand grooves, Danish designer Jens Martin Skibsted believes this shape provides both structural strength and an aesthetic element. It took five years for the designer to develop Marée from idea to final product. Many hours have been put into finding the ideal seating comfort and mastering the complexity of the upholstering due to the cut-out in the back.
The rational and clear design of Marée is complemented by the eight curated colours from the Montana palette. With the options of Oat, Mushroom, Amber, Beetroot, Flint, Parsley, Anthracite and Black, the colours bring a contrasting softness montanafurniture.com
to the chair. Skibsted states: “I love what the colours are adding to the design, making the chair a natural part of the Montana family.”
About the designer
Jens Martin Skibsted, born in 1970, is a multiple award-winning designer, Global Partner at Manyone, and founder of the bicycle company Biomega and KiBiSi. His design products are widely recognised and incorporated into the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco as well as Cnap and Designmuseum Danmark.
The Marée chair is available as a shell chair, with seat-only upholstery, inside upholstery and full upholstery, making it suitable for both private homes, hospitality and meeting areas.
The uniquenesses are:
- A hole in the back that I haven't seen otherwise in this category of chairs. The closest thing I can find is a George Nelson chair https://www.design-mkt.com/21295-herman-miller-daf-black-chair-george-nelson-1950s.html , but the concept is pretty different. The kind of extruded looking hole adds comfort (around the ass) and saves material.
- Montana is launching their first chair designed for Montana. The others are the Kevi chair https://nordicdesign.ca/design-classic-kevi/ and some by Verner Panton https://www.montanafurniture.com/en-gb/products/tables-chairs-and-benches/chairs
- The material is corrugated to strengthen the structure and remove material - which is recycled polypropylene. The idea is from the H-type Citroën from my childhood in Paris https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_Type_H . The name is tide because the beach takes shape after waves during low tide. I'm not sure exactly why I made that connection, but the last thing I designed (as part of KiBiSi) that wasn't mobility related was also referencing the coast: HAV - which means sea https://www.royalcopenhagen.com/en-us/collections/all-collections/hav#aq=@categories%20==%20(%22hav%22)%20OR%20@collectioncode%20==%20(%22HAV%22)&numberOfResults=20 and it is probably in French since I am somewhat francophile and francophone:)
- It is my first chair that I didn't make with Bjarke Ingels and Lars Larsen. https://www.fritzhansen.com/en/Inspiration/Designers/KiBiSi
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