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Chair, Juliette, 1987
Hannes Wettstein
Chair, Juliette,
Hannes Wettstein,

Chair, Juliette,

Hannes Wettstein
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
  • Juliette Hannes Wettstein Chair
  • Juliette Hannes Wettstein Chair
  • Juliette Hannes Wettstein Chair

A chair is a chair. Twenty-nine-year-old Hannes Wettstein (1958–2008) nonetheless managed to develop a new type of chair that reflected the demands and technical possibilities of his era. Juliette’s slender wire frame is welded together by robots, a true innovation in furniture design.

Self-referential clarity was the goal of a new generation of designers who had begun their careers amidst the eclectic diversity of the 1980s and had not experienced first-hand the break with modernist design maxims around 1968. Pure, unspectacular, and functional design was the hallmark of the lamps, furniture, and household objects created by Hannes Wettstein, an architectural draftsman with a flair for technology and a self-taught designer and architect.
The back section of the Juliette chair curves forward and doubles as an armrest. A thin tubular steel frame encloses the pressed steel seat and backrest. The stackable chair weighs only 5.3 kilograms and has an extremely slimline look. For all its utilitarian functionality, though, this delicate metal chair appears graceful and rather high-tech. Juliette, industrially produced by the Italian company Baleri, brought Hannes Wettstein international fame virtually overnight. (Renate Menzi)

Stapelstuhl, Juliette, Prototyp, 1987
Entwurf: Hannes Wettstein
Produktion: Baleri Italia S.p.A., Mailand, IT
Material/Technik: Stahlblech, Rundstahl
77 × 45 × 49 cm
Donation: Studio Hannes Wettstein
Eigentum: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (Hg.), 100 Jahre Schweizer Design, Zürich 2014, S. 286.

Andrea Eschbach, «Hannes Wettstein», in: Christian Eggenberger, Meret Ernst (Hg.), Design Suisse, Zürich 2006, S. 271–279.

Studio Hannes Wettstein (Hg.), Hannes Wettstein: Seeking Archetypes, Baden 2012.

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Stapelstuhl, Juliette, Prototyp, 1987, Entwurf: Hannes Wettstein, Donation: Studio Hannes Wettstein
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Entwurfszeichnung Juliette, 1986, Entwurf: Hannes Wettstein
Abbildung: Studio Hannes Wettstein

Gestapelte Juliette-Stühle, 1987, Entwurf: Hannes Wettstein
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Spyder, 1988, Entwurf: Hannes Wettstein
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK