Andy Chair

Janis Fromm, Florestan Schuberth

Juli / July - 2019

Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Master of Arts


ANDY is a wooden chair with applied cane whose shape and proportions allow leaning back while still sitting upright.

What is the Topic?

The combination of wood and Viennese cane has a long tradition in the design of chairs. This project is about questioning this tradition according to today's needs and focusing on the ergonomics of the chair. At the same time, the reference to the past remains recognizable through the craftsmanship and production processes. With the mesh as a form giving element, ANDY is a modern counterpart to the well-known coffee house chairs and their successors. The combination of the flat, covered seat and the round-shaped back presents itself as a mutual reference of tradition and modern presence.

Why does it look like this?

Dealing with a design-historical reference requires not only a certain amount of respect towards the heritage. It also needs a bit of boldness. Andy proudly stands with his straight legs. The curved backrest is cheeky and strong in its character. The rounded shape not only refers to its ergonomic design but has also been formally pointed out. In contrast, the seat is reduced to a minimum by its circular shape, allowing for different seating orientations.

What is special?

If one sits down on the chair, the design of its form becomes directly tangible. The woven cane of the backrest adapts to the body and supports the lower back. The large seat also allows us to sit sideways. Thus, the backrest becomes an armrest, while the body is still comfortably supported on the side.

What is new?

The chair provides a sitting experience and comfort that the user might not immediately connect to Viennese cane. ANDY plays with these expectations and surprises the user. Here the Viennese cane proves its ergonomic potential.