The Award-Winning Low Carbon Footprint Aline Outdoor Chair

01.26.22 | By
The Award-Winning Low Carbon Footprint Aline Outdoor Chair

We love putting our support behind emerging design talent and the organizations that help them succeed. Today, we’re sharing the Aline outdoor chair, a project executed by Willie Tay and Christophe Gaubert with the support of National University of Singapore’s Design Incubation Centre (DIC). DIC sometimes participates in design consultancy with other NUS faculties and external companies, which is what Aline is a result of. The chair is part of an outdoor furniture collection created for the first Net Zero Energy building at the School of Design and Environment (SDE) of NUS.

detail of two yellow outdoor dining chairs on bubblegum pink background

Photo: Chloe Chan

Aline’s lightweight, stackable, weather-resistant design was inspired by the building itself, with green and sustainability at the forefront. Curvaceous lines in bold yellow are created with readily available manufacturing techniques and standard aluminum tubing. This approach makes common sourcing and production issues all but eliminated. Aline is put together with welding, and doesn’t require any screws or additional assembly, making future additions to the collection easy to create in new shapes and sizes.

The Aline outdoor chair is the proud winner of the Red Dot Design Award: Product Design 2021 (Germany) and the DFA Design for Asia Award 2021 – Silver Award (Hong Kong). The chairs are currently in use at the NUS SDE with similarly designed tables.

light-skinned arm holding tipped yellow outdoor dining chair

Photo: Poh Yun Ru

two yellow outdoor dining chairs balanced on top of coral wall

Photo: Clarissa Yu

yellow outdoor dining chair laying on its back on tennis court

Photo: Gwen Pang

white cafe tables with yellow outdoor dining chairs

Photo: Rachel Sim

yellow outdoor dining chairs with white table and large windows

Photo: Ye Jia Jie

two yellow outdoor dining chairs being connected with yellow marker line

Photo: Ye Jia Jie

woman sitting at table with two yellow outdoor dining chairs

Photo: Poh Yun Ru

two people wearing black face masks with yellow outdoor dining chairs on white background

Designers Willie Tay + Christophe Gaubert \\\ Photo: Poh Yun Ru

To learn more about the Aline outdoor chair, visit

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.