An assured amalgam of Nordic and Eastern influences, Icha seating readily translates to a high chair to suit bar or counter use. Massproductions cofounder Chris Martin’s contract-grade chair embodies a striking armrest curve and a narrow backrest achieved through a mix of woodcraft techniques—solid, layer-glued and steam-bent. The stool comes in several beech stain finishes as well as the pop of red lacquer.
- Bar: 41.3" h x 22.6" w x 20.4" d (105x57.5x51.7cm)
- Seat height: 29.5" (75cm)
- Counter: 37.4" h x 22.6" w x 20.3" d (95x57.5x51.5cm)
- Seat height: 25.6" (65cm)
Solid wood, laminated wood
“Our goal is to use industrial processes to create furniture which people can get excited about, something that gives them pride of ownership,” says Chris Martin of Stockholm-based Massproductions. “You can do that with a hand-crafted piece, but for us the satisfaction comes from achieving it with an industrially produced article.” Chris, an Englishman, and Swedish business partner Magnus Elebäck first met as independent consultants and eventually put their accumulated knowledge to work for themselves in 2009 by opening their own furniture company, Massproductions.
Within modernist design codes, they strive for a “dignified simplicity” and their emblematic Tio Chair took the prestigious Golden Chair award from the Swedish Association of Architects. Also cognizant of environmental factors, a core concept is to produce “cleverly and in volume” to emphasize sustainability as well as social ethics, Chris says. "We believe that responsible and rational mass production benefits the consumer, the factory worker and everyone in-between.”