A synthesis of beauty and sustainability

I think during the last weeks and months you will probably have noticed from the furniture I have talked about that I have a passion for simple and elegant shapes. Today I have picked out for you the KUAN chair which follows the same design principals. I discovered the chair at the Ilpo SRL booth in Salone del Mobile where it was displayed in an expressive red and black combination which I really liked.

The German company SMV Sitz- und Objekmöbel GmbH is distributing this stylish and sustainably produced lounge chair which is also 100% vegan. SMV’s renunciation of the use of animal products is a key element to the company and a significant step forwards in our ethical future. The chair is available in a huge range of animal free upholstery fabrics, for example, cork which offers a great alternative to leather.

Frank Chou is the talented young Beijing designer responsible for the extraordinary KUAN chair. His works have already attracted a lot of attention and he and his team have created elegant and long-lasting contemporary design pieces for several renown companies and global design brands. Industry organisations and media groups both in China and abroad have nominated him as „Designer of the Year“ and he was the first Chinese designer to win the „Salone Satellite Special Mention Design Award“ in 2016.

I’m not surprised that on the basis of criteria such as ecological compatibility, level of innovation and design quality the KUAN chair won the 2017 ICONIC Award in the category Interior Innovation.

For me, the chair is definitely a great example of the synthesis of beauty and sustainability in furniture design.


Powder-coated steel, moulded flexible polyurethane shell with internal metal frame. | 75 cm height  x 74 cm width x 74 cm depth

Available @ SMV Sitz- und Objekmöbel GmbH | Price depending by upholstery fabric between 1100,00€ – 1320,00€ inkl. German tax

Thank you Ilpo SRL and SMV Sitz- und Objekmöbel GmbH for the press material.


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