Bodo Sperlein’s Iconic Curvaceous Contour Chair

Earlier this year, designer Bodo Sperlein shared his iconic Contour Chair at Galerie Philia’s Cabinet de Virtuosites II. Part of Sperlein’s larger Contour furniture collection, it features clean curves and an organic silhouette inspired by the Art Nouveau movement. The Contour Chair brings together contemporary and timeless qualities, pushing furniture-making boundaries through the use of complex and innovative techniques.

curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room

Made in the UK by skilled craftsmen, each Contour Chair takes an entire week to create. Planks of wood are individually chosen to keep the grain consistent. However, one chair is produced from several planks to create extra stability. It’s available in Black Walnut, Oak, and an engineering grade timber. There’s also a Beech option that’s finished using Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese charring technique that highlights the textures and details in the wood.

detail of curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room

detail of curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room

overhead photo of curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room

curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room with two marble side tables

curvaceous wood armchair in white-walled room with marble side table

To learn more about the Contour Chair, visit bodosperlein.com.

Studio photography by Jon Day.
Gallerie photography by Maison Mouton Noir.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.