Never one to be confined by convention, when Wolfgang C.R. Mezger set out to create the first chair that fuses painted wood with wood veneer, the result was not only Join, but also a whole new aesthetic and a new approach to bent plywood technology. In its two-piece form, the Join chair gives design... More
Never one to be confined by convention, when Wolfgang C.R. Mezger set out to create the first chair that fuses painted wood with wood veneer, the result was not only Join, but also a whole new aesthetic and a new approach to bent plywood technology. In its two-piece form, the Join chair gives designers the unprecedented opportunity to mix and match shell materials for an aesthetic that is both ultramodern and unexpectedly retro. Join’s flared back piece is always painted white, providing a crisp contrast to the gently curving seat piece, which is available in a natural finish oak or walnut veneer.
An optional upholstered seat pad is also available. The striking combination of painted wood and natural wood is what sets the two-piece option apart from virtually all other chairs before it. The nature of Join’s construction and design, with independently flowing curves along the base of the back piece and the back edge of the seat piece, creates a remarkable abstract cutout feature. Join is also available in a one-piece, full wood shell in natural finish oak or walnut veneer or in a fully upholstered version. Not to be outdone by the groundbreaking design of the two-piece form, the full wood shell is unique in its own right. It employs a radical new bent plywood manufacturing process that involves chopping the veneer into super thin, toothpick-sized strips, which are then pressed into the 3D form. This process is what allows the wood grain patterns in the one-piece shell to continue flowing uninterrupted and uniformly over the shapes many curves and deep contours. It also allows for a more ergonomically contoured shape, which includes a waterfall edge and deeper seat bucket that makes Join more comfortable for users.
Two vastly different frame options give designers the freedom to use Join as either a dramatically eye-catching or incredibly subdued part of a room’s aesthetic. The painted aluminum z-shaped frame is marked by sharp, zigzagging angles, which create an almost frenetic sense of motion from an inanimate piece. For added visual interest and user comfort, this frame is available with oak, walnut, or painted oak arm caps. At the other end of the design spectrum is the tubular steel frame option. This super slim frame cantilevers forward creating a thinner profile that retains a sense of fluidity and movement. This option is available in chrome or powder coat finishes with chrome or powder coat arms that feature powder coat metal sleeves. Both frames are available without arms, as well, and include plastic glides. All versions of Join are also stackable.