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Kuli

Kuli designed by young German designers Felix Haeffner and Julia Wolf, is a simple piece of furniture designed to be a seating object, a coffee table, or a storage and display unit, it requires the user to ‘build’ it themselves according to what kind of furniture is needed. Comprised of a steel wire basket with a board on top, the wire box can be filled with beanbag-style cushions in several different sizes to layer like sandbags if you need a seat. By fixing them with rubber ropes hooked into the grid, they stay put.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

The Brief:

There were two main problems we wanted to solve. First the question of how a comfortable chair for young people with or without kids and smaller apartments has to look like. And secondly the idea to design a piece of furniture that is completely dismountable and that the single parts have a use on their own.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

The Intent:

We wanted to give a holistic solution to the problems we wanted to solve. Each person should have the possibility to use the piece in the way it is the best for him or her. The multifunctionality and the well-considered colour scheme have the same importance as the freedom of actually sitting on the piece and using it in the everyday life. The choice of high quality materials combined with a simplified production process should give the right value to the piece.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

The Process:

More and more people live in cities and they do not have a lot of space available in there apartment.

They need to use every square meter and can’t waste space with objects or furniture that are not needed frequently. Storage space for books and other thinks is always welcome in small apartments and for people with children it can be very handy to have some space to store their kids toys. If you have some friends over for the night it can also be very handy to have a bed that is easy to prepare for the night.

All the cushions to build a chair can be stored in the wire basket. It is not only perfect to keep the used space at a minimum but it is also very good for shipping. The cushions are filled with styrofoam like beanbags and can be easily washed and refilled through the zipper.

The wire basket is made out of thin metall wire which gets bend and welded just like any shopping cart.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

The Value:

Kuli is not only a chair. It is also a table and a storage unit and joining two easy chairs gets you a bed or a cosy sofa. Each part of kuli can be used separately or in any desirable combination to build another use. It only uses the minimum space in the apartment. Because of the high quality materials in it very durable and can be recycled completely.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner:

Kuli is a simple piece of furniture designed to be a seating object, a coffee table, or a storage and display unit, it requires the user to ‘build’ it themselves according to what kind of furniture is needed.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

Comprised of a steel wire basket with a board on top, the wire box can be filled with beanbag-style cushions in several different sizes to layer like sandbags if you need a seat. By fixing them with rubber ropes hooked into the grid, they stay put. Joining two easy chairs gets you a bed or a cosy sofa, and when the pillows are put away, the arm chair turns into a table.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

Without the cushions, Kuli would be pretty handy in a children’s room to function as an arts and crafts table and a toy box; and for grown-ups, it’s also at home in the living room for putting coffees on and storing books underneath.

Kuli is produced by small high quality workshops in south Germany. It is made out of steel wire, rubber ropes and high quality fabrics from Kvadrat.

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© Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

Data:

Name: Kuli
Type: Chair, Coffee Table, Cabinet & Storage
Materials: wire box, wire basket, light alucore© board of 10mm, beanbag-style cushions
Materials Combination: Metal + Fabric, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: Varies
Colour: Mix / Multi Color
Year: 2012

Awards:

  • 2012 – CORE77 DESIGN AWARD – FURNITURE & LIGHTING Category – STUDENT WINNER

The people:

Furniture Designer: Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner – Stuttgart, Germany
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner, core77
Images: © Julia Wolf & Felix Haeffner

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