Isanka Sofa/Chair

Walter Knoll, 2016

The idea of the Isanka series is to reverse the design process.

Usually when designing upholstered furniture the 3 dimensional objects are defined first and the cuts for the leather/textile are a derivation from the object.

With Isanka we defined simple cutouts in the flat surface. When those are closed, a three-dimensional object is produced with a free-form surface of a higher order.

This powerful form results solely from the tension of the material and not by designing the volume.


photos: Walter Knoll

Walter Knoll