The charcoal Borders Fabric used on this Maharam Shell Chair was designed by Hella Jongerius, a Dutch industrial designer who works from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab. Borders is inspired by Jongerius’s interest in the traditional backstrap weaving of Guatemala and Mexico. Because backstrap weaving produces a narrow cloth, two or more pieces are often hand-embroidered together using a heavy decorative stitch.
Borders is an industrial translation of this localized craft technique. The embroidered lines that traverse Borders’ surface are archetypal motifs culled from different genres, including a botanical, a dotted line, and pied de poule, forming an irregular grid of unique compositions. Large open areas in the design called for a ground cloth with surface interest. Heathered yarns add texture throughout a dry, toothy wool canvas. The four wool colors—in natural, greige, charcoal, and walnut—provide a neutral base for the embroidered expression of Jongerius’ unique color sensibility, including combinations of nude and crimson, pale yellow with eggshell blue, marigold and turquoise, and tangerine with hazard orange.
- Content: 98% Wool, 2% Polyester
- Maintenance Guidelines
Carl Hansen & Son recommends the oak lacquer frame to accentuate the Borders Chair. However, all woods and finishes are available upon request. Call a Shell Chair specialist for more information: 800.688.0974.