Pressed Chair by Harry Thaler

Pressed chair is a pressed aluminium chair designed by Harry Thaler that can be bent into shape into a super-light stackable chair.

By pressing structural elements into a 2.5mm sheet, Thaler was able to make a chair that pushes the limits of minimization and material. The chair which is light enough to be lifted with only two fingers, is extremely strong without any external structural support. Instead decorative features pressed into the sheet provide the required strength once the chair is bent into shape.

As part of Thaler’s aim to minimize everything he has also created a stool from the areas of scrap surrounding the chair when it is being cut. The stool, unlike the chair, is not made from 1 piece but 3. It is held together with screws.

A goldsmith, with a background that covers everything from jewelry design to carpentry, Thaler is currently completing his Masters in design at the Royal College of Art. He now divides his time between London and Merona and has opened his own studio.

Harry Thaler’s Pressed Chair is one of the Tent London Tent Selects, a program that has been set up to showcase the work of the next generation of world class designers — those who will create those “must have” items and future classics. Chosen by the team at Tent London, these UK and international designers are given the unique opportunity to exhibit free of charge during the London Design Festival within a curated area. The ultimate goal is to offer emerging designers access to industry, media contacts and the encouragement of professional practice.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.