GUBI’s MR01 Initial chair, designed by Mathias Steen Rasmussen, is a unique lounge chair with influences from mid-century Danish design as well as Rasmussen's background in cabinetmaking. The Initial chair has a uniquely shaped, gently inclined solid wood frame, but what makes the chair even more unique is its seat material: the seat and backrest are hand-woven from 90 meters of rope using a method developed by Rasmussen. Skillful, visible joints complete the chair’s organic charm.

Rasmussen originally designed the Initial chair for his own home: the aim was to design a lounge chair that would also be suitable for meditation. The tight rope weave gives the Initial chair not only an extremely lightweight look but also a sense of floating when sitting. The chair's fascinating form language and graceful, airy construction make it a perfect lounge chair for both small spaces and large living rooms and lobbies. Over time, the chair will develop a beautiful patina.


MR01 Initial chair, oiled oak


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Oiled oak
65 cm
88 cm
69 cm
Seat height
33 cm
Oiled solid oak, rope

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Mathias Rasmussen

Mathias Steen Rasmussen (b. 1990) is a Danish designer with a background in art and cabinetmaking. His design philosophy is “honesty in construction”, which means he prefers to keep the design process as open as possible, allowing wood grains and joints to be a visible part of the final product. Because of his background, wood is a natural choice of material for Rasmussen, and he also enjoys experimenting with other natural materials, such as stone, rope and glass.

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