Get Low With Michiel Van Der Kley’s “Swamp” Armchair Series
Remember those bean bags you used to plop down on while you were in high school? Imagine if you could recreate the sense of whimsy affiliated with these teen era furnishings but streamline the silhouette, making it more comfortable and practical. Now imagine if you could replace the annoyingly noisy filling of those bean bags with a quiet foam material, add some structure to the amorphous shape (so you never again have to worry about sliding from your seat down to the floor), and yet retain the overall low-sinking seat concept, the bulbous form, and the colorful zest. The result is something quite similar to these fully upholstered one-person seats designed by Netherlands native Michiel van der Kley.
The 38-year-old designer prides himself on taking on a functional approach to his discipline and eschewing flashy, over-the-top tactics that have no real operational benefits. Moreover, there’s a fluidity to his work that’s impeccable — his pieces almost look like they’ve been molded out of a single strip of fabric (or some other material) with barely any seams, ridges, folds, welding, hammering, or gluing in sight). He makes the upholstery on his furniture, then, look like the skin covering our bodies — stretching, curving, sinking, and rising, but always seemingly constituting one indivisible whole.
Pictured above you’ll find two of the latest additions to van der Kley’s popular Swamp series. These bright pink and electric blue seats feature a supportive back rest, as well as spiral springs and comfy foam so that, no matter how low you go to take a seat, you can always bounce back up. And those colors? Well, in the words of Austin Powers, “They’re groovy, baby!”
Michiel van der Kley “Swamp” Chairs in Pink and Blue. Visit M2LCollection.com for more information.