Cradle collection, designed by Benjamin Hubert for Moroso, uses 3D knitted textiles to create a comfortable seating.
Cradle is a new family of products that was launched at Salone del Mobile in April 2016 and Clerkenwell Design Week.
The new family comprises of a high-back chair, a low-back chair and a room divider, each of which were inspired by the studio’s research into the construction of mesh materials and how traditional product typologies can be re-imagined to enhance performance.
The Cradle collection utilises a new three-dimensional stretch textile developed by Layer with an Austrian textile factory. The knitted textile has high strength but low density, meaning it can offer the necessary support using a fraction of the material of a traditional mesh.
Each chair is constructed from a metal frame supporting a textile backrest that cradles an upholstered seat block. The 3D-knitted textile used in the backrest has varying density, which offers structure and strength but also visual lightness and transparency.
This creates the correct tension to comfortably support the body, and visually and physically reduces the product’s weight and cost. The room divider is a simple screen created using the same stretch knitted material as the seating.