Serif is an adaptable shell chair collection with a functional detail of solid wood which, like a serif on a letterform, finishes and defines the chair’s shape.
The chair has a seat of layered glued wood to which a solid wooden element, in oak or beech, is added to provide warmth and tactility. The detail also allows for functional handling, as shell chairs otherwise often slip out of the hand when lifted.
The broad Serif series can be combined with eight different bases, several of the bases are stackable. The chair is also available with armrests, several different wood finishes as well as upholstered versions.
The serif chair is a hard-wearing product built for contract use. However, at the end of its lifespan, the chair can easily be separated into its basic components and recycled in a responsible way.
“There are many versions of the shell chair already, but for a new version to feel meaningful, it needs to improve or add something new. I saw the potential in combining layer glued wood with solid wood. That idea has been with me for 23 years, but it has taken different forms over the years. In the end, I felt like I had explored all possibilities, any further change would impair the shape or its function. That’s when I realized we were ready to start developing Seriffor production”, says Chris Martin.