This is exactly what you want your guests to be: present, but not presumptuous, elegant, but unpretentious. Aisuu Chair is just that. And it has a good story to tell, too: this chair was designed by a woman who grew up with her brilliantly creative grandfather, an architect who was close to the Bauhaus.
As a child, designer Ginger Zalaba was surrounded by the irrepressibly creative work of her grandfather, Otto Kolb. She lived and breathed the design language of modernity. Aisuu Chair is made up of its vocabulary, put together to create its very own, new esthetics. As lightweight and delicate as verse, as powerful as a statement. Its construction alone – a masterpiece of statics and craftsmanship. Three tubes each meet up at six points. Although they are welded, they seem to be of a piece. The high-grade saddle leather – left natural, warm on your body, finished by hand at the edges. Over the course of its lifetime, the leather will develop a patina, which in turn will tell another, very personal story.
Aisuu Chair is related to Aisuu Side Chair. Where the latter has a casual, roomy effect with its wings, Aisuu Chair is more upright. The chair finds its place at a dining table or hotel bar, ready to welcome guests and their stories.
Aisuu Chair has everything that characterizes modernity
The design story
Ginger Zalaba, now a designer, has studied hundreds of sketches and designs by her grandfather Otto Kolb as well as finished examples of his work. Kolb, a representative of classic modernity, worked together with Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Johannes Itten and Wassily Kandinsky. His granddaughter has transferred his furniture into the here and now. By giving the Bauhaus values their own, new significance. Ginger Zalaba is now presenting two products which carry the family DNA of modernity: Aisuu Chair and Aisuu Side Chair. The Walter Knoll team immediately took a shine to them. And decided to enrich the original designs with their knowledge and expertise, unique in the industry. Structure and tubular steel, leather and seams: with high-grade, elegant finishing. Both minimalistic and sustainable with the homogeneous use of just two materials. Aisuu Chair and Aisuu Side Chair pay tribute to her creative grandfather. A contemporary interpretation of the Bauhaus with new, optimized means.
Matt powder coated framework in bronze (left) and black. A chair for multiple occasions – at home, in a restaurant or hotel bar
Facts and details
Striking, three millimeter thick, saddle leather
Leather edges rounded off, polished and dyed to suit the cover by hand
Framework matt powder coated in black or bronze
“The fused joints feature such excellent finishing that the carrying elements look to be all of a piece.”
— Jürgen Röhm, Head of Research and Development at Walter Knoll