July 21, 2009
Introducing the World’s Lightest Chair
At 1.36 pounds, it weighs less than some issues of Metropolis.
The Italian manufacturer MDM World announced this morning that its Estrema chair, designed by Massimiliano Della Monaca, has been certified by the folks at Guinness World Records as the (drum roll, please) World’s Lightest Chair. Made from a single layer of carbon fiber, Estrema weighs a mere 1.36 pounds. That is indeed very light. By comparison, Frank Gehry’s aluminum Superlight chair, for Emeco, weighs 6.5 pounds. Heck, some issues of Metropolis weigh more than 1.36 pounds. Despite its light weight, the chair can support about 220 pounds–impressive, but probably not enough for widespread adoption in the States, where the average adult male tips the scales at 190 pounds.