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We often talk about how design is innovative, stylish, inspiring—but alongside all of these things, we sometimes forget that design can also be fun. Slings and cantilevers add an exciting element, providing a sense of depth, dimension, and creativity that is also rooted in mathematics and geometry. These structural features often make up the framework upon which the designs we love are built, so why not take a moment to appreciate them? This week, we’re highlighting five show-stopping pieces that highlight the incredible impact of slings and cantilevers.
Alvar Aalto
Elegant and immersive, Lounge Chair 43 is an immediate statement piece. Striking from any angle, this gorgeous chair combines a myriad of distinctive qualities. A statement in design, it showcases the stability and flexibility offered by birch lamella, which allows for curves and bends, and is comparable in strength to tubular steel, but with a warmer look and feel. The linen webbing upholstery feels effortless and relaxing, lending to a design that blends surprisingly well into a wide range of environments. Linen webbing available in natural/white, natural/black, natural/red, black/brown, black/blue, and black.
Angelo Mangiarotti
Tre 3 is exemplary of Italian design in all the best ways—carefully curated materials, thoughtful construction, and an elegant aesthetic merge in a way that is eye-catching and ornate, but still incredibly sophisticated. Three rectangular-sectioned legs, two front legs at the sides and a central leg at the rear, are joined together by a solid T-shaped cross structure, which provides astounding stability. A piece of leather has been placed in the high rear leg which gently descends to smoothly and seamlessly give shape to the back and seat, offering a sense of form and fluidity. When paired with other Agapecasa designs, the resulting harmony is simply breathtaking.
Alvar Aalto
One word comes to mind when viewing Armchair 401: stunning. The chair was designed in 1933, but it feels astonishingly current—the frame contains a sprung seat, while the back is slightly tilted to provide support for the head and neck, and the minimalist wings adjoining the headrest contribute to the distinctive design. No matter what upholstery you choose, this cantilever armchair is an utterly magnificent moment in design history, and the perfect addition to the design lover’s home—eternally timeless and inimitably chic. Solid birch lamella frame available in clear lacquer, black lacquer, walnut stain, or honey stain.
Lorenz Kaz
Warm and inviting, the elegance of Pelle is undeniable. Drawing from both Italian and Scandinavian influences, this stylish design simply exudes good taste. The chair has a semi-circular back and armrests which clearly reflect the language of Scandinavian design classics. However, the seat is freely suspended and made from saddle leather with a unique leather-bound aluminum inlay, which sets Pelle apart from classic designs through certain nods to technological and design innovation. Solid wooden frame available in beech, oak, or walnut, in a wide variety of color stains. Saddle leather seat available in light grey, dark grey, natural, maroon, dark brown, or black.
Astonishingly comfortable and expertly designed, the Sling Club Chair is officially your new favorite seat. Designed to achieve extraordinary comfort, the seat is suspended in a cubic frame, with a reclining back pitched to an angle that allows for both engagement and repose. The materials and construction radiate true craftsmanship, pairing exceptionally soft leather cushioning with a four-post wood and steel structure. BassamFellows continues to push structural boundaries in their designs, and the Sling Club’s chic details and juxtaposition of materials define this magnificently thoughtful chair—a contemporary masterpiece.