CR45 Chair by Many Hands Design

July 31st, 2015 by retail design blog

CR45 is a cantilevered chair made from steel rod and sash cord. Cantilever chairs are usually made from hollow tubing, or a larger stock of material. Ultimately, this means thicker lines, and a bulkier appearance. CR45 brings an elegant solution to this problem of aesthetics with its uniquely thin frame.


The name, CR45, is inspired by the type of chair, and its origin. CR stands for “cantilevered rod” referring to the most overt and unique characteristic of the design, and “45” is the country code for calling Denmark – where the first prototype was designed.


The chair’s design is influenced primarily by its material makeup. The solid steel stock and the hybrid cording both serve specific functional and aesthetic roles, each according to their inherent properties. The matte-black frame acts as the primary structure while the cording, with its nylon core for strength and a woven cotton exterior for comfort, directly contacts the user and translates the load to the frame. Visual contrast between the two highlights these functional considerations. CR45’s minimal palette of complimentary materials results in an piece that is easy understood and enjoyed.

Design: Many Hands Design / Josef Lang
Photography: Robert Bingaman

Nook stool by Patrick Frey for VIAL
With the NOOK stool VarioLine®, a tried and tested material known from the a...
Atomic lighting tubes by emandes studio
Based in Poland, emandes studio has developed a system that allows users to ...
Wide tiles collection by Ceramiche Refin
Wide tiles collection by Ceramiche Refin
Parabolic-shaped shelves by Takayoshi Kitagawa
In order to build Takayoshi Kitagawa’s parabolic shelf design, the scale, me...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *