For Vienna Design Week 2011, Thomas Feichtner has designed a chair with an open, wooden cantilever construction.
The new M3 Chair will be juxtaposed with the mass-produced FX10 Lounge Chair (below), an earlier work by Feichtner which has since become a classic of Austrian design. The two share a geometric theme, the M3 exhibiting an open, wooden cantilever construction that contrasts with the closed body of the FX10 Chair.
Neue Wiener Werkstätte will be showing the M3 Chair which was developed specifically for Vienna Design Week. Says Feichtner, "The [VDW] installation highlights not only the tension between closed and open, heavy and light, surface and line, and mass-production and the single copy, but also the symbiosis between traditional workmanship and contemporary design."
"These pieces thus embody Neue Wiener Werkstätte's ideal of hand-producing technically perfect individual products built to last generations, furniture designed to guarantee historical recognizability--the perfect union of hand-craftsmanship, tradition and design."
"Liberated from the demands normally made on a mass-produced item, this design experiments with functionality, structural engineering and material. Both its back and its armrests are mere tangents of the construction, the functions of which are only discovered via actual use."
"The dimensions of the M3 measure one cubic meter, standing for a conscious way of appropriating one's own space. Hence the 'm3' reference in the name M3 Chair. It is only via the chair that the open space is defined."
"The chair is made of one and only one material: oak. This is a conscious choice of materials, harkening back to the woodworking tradition upheld by furniture workshops of yore. The wood renders the chair's light construction a static experiment which could only succeed in a handmade, unique item."