Press Release

Groningen (NL), June 2011

‘Époque Chair’: past eras of design, beautifully blended into a modern seat.

Launching Époque, Eftwelve introduces a chair unique in form, dimensions and material.

The Époque is a fresh chair by Dutch designer Wybren van Keulen. The curves and sharp folds of this design reminisce of times passed. Époque brings together several eras of design, beautifully blended into a modern seat.


Époque, chair of contrasts, unites times past in a refreshingly new design. Back rest, seat and legs all blend seamlessly in a single piece. Hand made in fiberglass reinforced resin, the chair is made to last yet surprisingly lightweight. A high gloss finish gives the product its classy look. Available in white, black, and all RAL colors, its fluid curves and sharp lines make a statement in your interior, on the patio or even a beach club deck.

Designing Époque, studied choices were made in form, comfort, material and the ability to actually produce the chair. The end product is a chair you can tell apart by its unique form and unconventional dimensions, both contributing to a surprisingly active yet easy seat.


The lines and curves in the design originated in a 3D drawing. 3D printing formed an indispensable reality check. Several life size prototypes helped balance the elements for the perfect posture.

The final mold was milled on a computer controlled robot arm. Creating each Époque chair is a skilled piece of handwork done by an experienced workshop operating since the 1970s. Forming each chair takes around five hours of delicate preparation, laminating and finishing.


Name: Époque.
Designer: Wybren van Keulen.
Material: fiberglass, single shell.
Finish: high gloss top, satin bottom, UV and weather proof.
Usage: indoor as well as outdoor, stackable.
Dimensions: 72 cm wide, 62 cm deep, 64 cm high, seat hight at 27 cm.
Editions: white (€ 690), black (€ 690) and RAL colors (€ 730)

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Editor note: Wybren van Keulen (1980) is a 3D designer. He has over a decade experience visualising architects' ideas in both pictures and animations. One spark of inspiration gets Wybren in a state of relentless interest in a subject. Wanting to master every aspect of the subject, it often leads to a surprising end product. The power of designing in 3D and his profound interests in design and production techniques lead to the first product, the Époque chair.

For more information on the Époque chair, contact Saskia at, or call +31 648 208 503. Or on the web: