Audi is looking to blaze a trail in the home design world, with the release of its high-tech, high-style Audi R18 Ultra Chair at Design Miami last month.
Collaborating with German design duo Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, the chair is made using results from an experiment conducted at the Milan furniture fair last year, where thousands of visitors were asked to sit on the chair while it was hooked up to advanced stress-analysis sensors.
"It’s a process somewhat borrowed from the testing and development of a race car," Kram said in an interview with Dezeen. "Sitting is a very dynamic activity, weirdly, and everybody uses the chair differently," added Weisshaar. "So simply putting weight on it and doing static load tests doesn’t get you anywhere. You actually need people to engage with it."
By working closely with Audi’s Lightweight Design Centre, Weisshaar and Kram were able to shave off every ounce of excess weight. The result was a sublimely-crafted chair made of carbon fibre, carbon and high-strength sheet aluminium that weighs a mere 2.2 kg.