Zai Kirei


by young designer Antje Verhellen

In a society where the glory of mass production and disposable products are slowly fading away, people are, once again, consciously considering what they buy. They reflect on the materials used and the processes involved. Uniqueness, craftsmanship, and sustainability are becoming valuable again.

Antje Verhellen took this into consideration and designed an easy chair. With natural, singular, and local materials and a simple design, the easy chair offers comfort without today's design complexity. Its transparent structure reveals the circularity in its construction. Instead of permanent connections with nails, staples, or glue, it is the act of sitting itself that secures the connections, carefully crafted by the artisan. Craftsmanship and materiality effortlessly and elegantly crystalize into ornamentation.