Richard Hutten | Layers Cloud Chair

Richard Hutten’s Layers Cloud Chair uses 840 square metres of Divina, weighing a total of almost 300 kilos. Based on an earlier design, he has layered up the fabric to showcase the Divina colour range. “The Layers Clouds Chair shows off the beautiful colours available in the Divina fabric, and was inspired by the Painted Desert in Arizona,” he explains.

Almost 100 colours were used in 545 layers to create the chair. Due to the nature of the fabric the lower part of the chair is looser, with a compact and solid top. Each layer of the chair was drawn separately, the colours carefully selected, individually cut and applied by hand.

I wanted the design to be about Divina,” says Hutten. “Rather than using the material as a cover, I created an object with the material. Divina has so many intrinsic qualities of tactility, depth and colour and my design maximises the impact of these.

Rotterdam-based designer Richard Hutten is best known for what he calls ‘no sign of design’ furniture: functional furniture in a conceptual and humorous style. Hutten graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1991, when he started his own design studio, focusing on industrial design, interior design, limited editions and photography.

Among his clients are Moooi, Artifort, Gispen, Offecct, Karl Lagerfeld, and HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and a lot of his award-winning work is held in the permanent collections renowned museums amongst others the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.