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I love it when form mimics function. In this case Swiss design duo Bernhard Burkard has come up with a clever iteration on the patio chair with Curt, a deck chair that works by leaning it against a wall, giving it a profile as relaxed as the sitter’s. The frame is made from local ash or beech wood, one end of which is treated with an anti-slip coating that provides stability. It may look precarious, but Bernhard Burkard assures us that it’s completely safe and perfectly functional. The simplicity also makes it a prime candidate for some color play. The untreated wood and white cloth are quite nice, but Curt could really pop with some bright yellow or aqua fabric and a contrasting painted frame.
Curt is made at Altra, a workshop in Schaffhausen, Switzerland that employs people with mental or physical disabilities. You can buy the chair directly from the designers for $260.