(silvie luběnová, jiří macek) The Luhačovice-based mminterier opens its first showroom in Prague on the occasion of Designblok. Apart from the awaited interior, designed by the D3A architectural studio, one can also look forward to the Swing rocking chair, designed by René Šulc, which scores high everywhere it appears.
The chair, which is a new piece for this year from mminterier, the top Czech upholstered furniture manufacturer, represents another work created in collaboration with René Šulc. „I wanted to create a simple, elegant rocking chair, a solitary piece that could be generally suitable for the whole interior, to push the limits of upholstery technologies, and to search for a new form,” explains Šulc. Apart from the approach to form and upholstery, the designing process of the armrests is also interesting. “Even though I designed a 3D model on my computer, I solved the final form of the armrest manually on a 1:1 model made from oak wood. Thus, I achieved the exact form I wanted. No virtual 3D design. In fact, I created two models – a right armrest and a left one,” he says. Why is there a line on the chair? Šulc states, “The line on the armchair is a matter of shape, ergonomics, and technological solution.” One can imagine whatever one wants under this explanation.
The Swing chair is made in two variants – with armrests and without, depending on the customer’s request. It won 1st prize in the “Furniture of the Year 2009” competition and attracted much attention at both the Mobitex trade fair in Brno and 100% Design in London, where it was presented as part of the Czech Selection of the prominent Czech producers of designer furniture and interior accessories, which is a project organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. During Designblok, the Swing chair will have a lot of competition from top world manufacturers. The chair will be presented both in the mminterier showroom on Rumunská street 11, as well as at a presentation of René Šulc in Superstudio Classic 7.