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With A Modular Backrest, Läufer + Keichel Create Three Chairs Using A Single Base

If only the layers were detachable. Sigh.

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Earlier in the week, we brought you a chair designer by Läufer + Keichel with a knitted cover that can be pulled on and off like a pantsuit. The Berlin studio is at it again, this time revamping the standard armchair, with a backrest of stacked upholstered layers resembling flower petals.

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The modular construction of the chair, aptly named Layer, allows the Swedish company Offecct to produce a range of options using a single base: One back panel forms a stool; adding another layer, an armchair; and a third, a wingback. Läufer + Keichel originally intended to make the layers detachable, in effect creating three chairs in one, but that idea, unfortunately, proved too complicated and costly.

The three-tiered, high-backed version can be customized with different fabric textures and colors of fabric, lending a layer of whimsy to a multidimensional seat.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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