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A Chair Inspired by Knotting Techniques Used on Ships

Rik ten Velden took a trip to the Harbour Museum in Rotterdam, which led to the inspiration for the Femme Chair. Taking interest in all the ways they used knotting techniques that are used on ships, ten Veldon got two of the museum’s employees who specialized in these methods to teach him their skills. After three months of honing his new-found skills, he finally perfected the technique.

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After getting it down, ten Velden began working on his designs and first up is the Femme Chair. A metal frame becomes the base for the woven seat made from large rope. The rope itself is woven around the frame securing it to the base.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.