Shell by mater



Designer Michael Dreeben
Launched in 2012
Architonic id 1174265

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Material: soaped oak frame with top in premium saddle leather or bonded leather
origin: handmade in jaipur, india

The shell chair is developed out of michael dreeben ongoing interest in traditional craft practices in north india -- in this case saddle making. exquisitely made saddles have been produced in India for centuries, and although some horse culture persists, it’s waning as india becomes more technologically developed. the shell chair attempt to incentivize this skilled trade by providing these artisans with a new market for their craft, and hopefully encouraging them to pass it on to younger generations.
the shape of the chair is an homage to scandinavian design of the mid-twentieth century and embraces some of its core values: it’s clean of line and is intended to emphasize the leather forming and stitching, it’s deeply comfortable, and it’s durable – like the saddles it’s derived from, it’s crafted from thick, top-grain leather, and with reasonable care, will last for decades.

Frames: available with sirka grey oak frame, dark stained oak frame or black stained hardwood frame.
leathers: available both in real saddle leather but also available in lesser prices bonded leather with color choices of black, tan or coffee. why work with bonded leather: environmentally friendly – made from recycled leather fibre, product consistency – no natural defects and minimal batch to batch variation, high cutting yield – cost efficient and reduces landfill waste, high durability and excellent flame retardancy, significant fuel savings – on transport applications and easy care – wipes clean

Highly skilled artisans operating from workshops and small cooperatives in the jaipur province have crafted the stool. the workshop has actively participated in the fair trade program susbiz india (, externally managed and audited by the danish federation of small and medium-sized enterprises. the oak wood is from controlled sources (fsc).

Product group: Seating Lounge area / Waiting room Seating / seating systems Gastronomy Chairs Waiting area chairs Restaurant chairs Restaurant chairs open base without armrests with seat unpadded with seat in leather with base in solid wood with 4-leg base open base without armrests with seat unpadded with seat in leather with base in solid wood with four-leg base
Designer: Michael Dreeben

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