This simple-looking bench hides a two-fold surprise. A closer look reveals that the ‘tufted’ bench is actually carved out of solid wood – and when you sit down it’s bouncy and soft! Valentijn Rieb and Andrea Schimmer perfectly replicated the iconic form of a Chesterfield bench while marrying the look of wood with the comfot of a springy seat.

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Chester-Block-Hocker updates the classic Chesterfield bench with carved beach wood blocks. The soft, bouncy element comes from the inner support structure of the bench. Thanks to springs located under each diamond-shaped chunk of wood, this bench serves as a cushy seat. The legs of the bench are upholstered with leather to make the transformation complete.

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

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This design is the result of modern technology meeting manual labor and traditional craftsmanship. To realize Chester-Block-Hocker, the blocks were CNC milled and shaped by hand. Made with the utmost precision and a great attention to the detail, this bench offers a soft touch and a surprising material experience that will intrigue you each time you take a seat.

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

The Chester-Block-Hocker won the Baars & Bloemhoff “Master of Materials” prize and is on show at the Masterly Dutch exhibition at Palazzo Turati in the 5VIE design district at Milan Design Week 2017.

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Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,

Valentijn Rieb, Andrea Schimmer, Baars & Bloemhoff, Master of Materials prize, Masterly Dutch exhibit Palazzo Turati, 5VIE, Milan Design Week, 5vie Milan, Milan Design Week 2017, Milan furniture fair, Chester Block Hocker,