Seat Belt chairs became a touchpoint for popular culture when they were seen by millions in a pivotal dining room scene in the hit movie franchise “Hunger Games.” Clearly influenced by recent cultural interest in upcycling, the Seat Belt chair combines ancient Thai furniture craftsmanship with a modern recycling sensibility.
On its way to reaching iconic status, the Seat Belt chair’s innovative design was derived from the marriage of nontraditional materials and traditional craftsmanship. Introduced in 2005, the Seat Belt chair was created in Thailand from remnants of industrial material.
Now produced by The Phillips Collection of straps made specifically for the chair, Seat Belt is still made by hand and requires two people working together to weave each one. The chair’s frame of steel and wood is wrapped in the strap material in a criss-cross pattern, which the designer felt was fresher than the traditional checkerboard design. The contrasting colors on each side create visual movement.
Nuttapong Charoenkitivarakorn, known as Nuttapong, was born 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand. He studied design and worked as a graphic designer in advertising before launching his own interior design business.
Nuttapong saw scraps of material at his sister’s seat belt factory and was intrigued with the notion of using the straps to create a chair that would be functional as well as exotic.
Seat Belt Dining Chair | c.2005
Original: Phillips Collection | USA
Current: Phillips Collection | USA
Dimensions: 20″W x 26″D x 34″H
Material: steel and wood frame with cotton seat belts