Trend Report: The Cantilever Chair Craze

Trend Report: The Cantilever Chair Craze

Janel Laban
Feb 22, 2012

Here's my usual routine at design shows: I start out walking the aisles simply snapping pics of whatever appeals to my own sensibilities, taking it all in. After a few hours, I stop, have a coffee, and replay what I've just seen in my minds eye (and on my memory card!) and let the "stories" float up to the top. There are always a few (sometimes unexpected, often very subtle) throughlines of design trends that show up in multiple collections.

Once I've sussed out a handful, I re-enter the crowd, fired up on caffeine and ready to start snapping every example of "my" trend stories that I can find.

One of the major furniture design directions I noticed at the recent Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair was a resurgence of the classic cantilevered chair. A modern shape that has been somewhat out of the popular loop for the past decade or two has come roaring back, being reinvented, celebrated and, at least in Stockholm, making its presence known.

Shown above, designs from:
1. Skandiform
2. Lammhults
3+4. Kallemo (super interesting collection!)
5. Bersa Form
6. Popcorn by Sven Ivar Dysthe
7. Skandiform
8. Bombastik
9. Lammhults
10. Hay

What do you say? Thumbs up for the reemergence of a classic design for use at home or would you be happy for this one to stay in its recent realm of office furniture? I say, bring it on! A little suspension never hurt anyone.

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(Images: Janel Laban)

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