The classic bar stool is getting a makeover, courtesy of Lonc Living Products. With the Beaser, Lonc Designer Rogier Waaijer has taken a simple utilitarian object and added aesthetic and ergonomic elements to create something that is both reassuringly familiar but surprisingly different. And in so doing, he has designed a worthy addition to the Lonc line, which now includes the award-winning Seaser lounge chair and the Teaser side table.
Like the Seaser and Teaser, the Beaser seat is made of 100% recyclable polyethylene, manufactured using a rotational moulding production technique. The four-legged base and footrest are brushed stainless steel. And in fact, the idea for the Beaser was sparked when a client asked if the Teaser could also serve as a bar stool.
“To me,” says Waaijer, “the Teaser wasn’t quite right, but I thought it was a good starting point. I wanted my design to be a ‘family member’ that would fit in, but to give it something extra. And most importantly, I wanted an ergonomic design that would feel comfortable for anyone, whatever body shape they might have – big or small, short or tall. I wanted to create something that surrounds you and gives you a little support, but also that is open and non-confining.”
Working with the organic forms that characterize the series, Waaijer has come up with a variation on an old theme – balanced and harmonious, but with the curved forms interrupted by subtle edges that give the design a dynamic tension. With the weather- and wear-resistant materials and ingenious design to ensure that the seat drains, the Beaser is ideal for both inside and outside use – at poolside bars, in lobbies, at lunch counters, and around high tables, as well as bars. Like the other objects in the series, the Beaser is available in black, white, grey, and seven other colours.
Based in The Hague in the Netherlands, Lonc has created a signature style characterized by a combination of simple curves and subtle movements. The elegance of the Lonc design ethic belies the sophistication of its approach to comfort and functionality. Lonc’s creations are unique, organic, modern, timeless, and durable, reflecting the values that have long distinguished Dutch design.