The iF Design Awards, founded in 1953, have a reputation as an internationally recognised sign of design excellence, as their own website states. This means that for the winners of the illustrious prize, it can be the final ingredient needed to boost their business to the next level.

Taking the top spot in the ‘office’ category this year was the LessThanFive office chair, created by design company Coalesse and formed entirely from carbon fibre.

More than 5,500 submissions were made to the competition, which were then whittled down to 75 recipients of the gold award by a team of independent industry experts. The LessThanFive chair was praised for its pleasing aesthetics, low weight and heavy load capacity. At an overall weight of less than 5lbs, the chair can support weights of up to 299lbs.

The judging panel said of their decision, “The chair has exceptional material quality combined with an intuitive form. The use of carbon not only leads to an extremely light chair, but also lends an interesting aesthetic expression, which is both futuristic and contemporary. Details such as connections and transitions have been solved precisely and perfectly.”

Michael Young, of Sunderland, partnered with Coalesse Design Group to create the award-winning chair. He said of the product’s success in both the awards and the market, “I love designs that challenge the norms and yet can be a business success. LessThanFive is a product that delights anyone that interacts with it and it is already proving to be a real success in the market. Therefore I am very proud and delighted that it got recognized with the prestigious iF gold award.”


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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