Kneeland Co. Mercado is excited to be the exclusive carrier of Macramé Palapa Lounge Chairs by LA-based design studio Pacific Wonderland Inc. Husband and wife design partners Steve Nasker and Charlotte Stone work in their Echo Park studio, making plywood chairs that are macraméd with rope. The chairs are both comfortable and functional and can be used indoors or outdoors. When we first stopped by their studio to check out “just a little something we made”, we nearly lost our minds. Their first prototype was in carrot, lavender, and vibrant yellow and has become one our favorite color combos. Soon after, the Pacific Wonderland chair made its debut in four color ways, all of which can be purchased on Kneeland Co. Mercado. We caught up with Steve and and Charlotte to talk inspiration behind the Macramé Palapa Lounge Chair.
What inspired you to make the Palapa Lounge Chair? How did the idea come about?
My wife Charlotte and I were looking for outdoor furniture to go under the palapa in our back yard, and we found this vintage aluminum lawn chair that was great but falling apart. It had rusty coil springs and a sad plastic cushion that would fall through the springs when you sat on it, so Charlotte had me cut the springs away and she macramed the seat using this magazine my mom gave her from the 70’s. It looked great, so I decided to base a plywood chair on it.
Can you explain your process of building the chairs?
I cut all of the parts from domestic Birch plywood, glue the parts up, assemble and sand them. I apply 3 coats of finish and then apply a finishing paste on for protection. I then fit the parts and drill the holes for the threaded inserts and bolts. After the chair is completed, Charlotte weaves the seat and back!
Any plans to expand the collection?
I am working on an ottoman that will go with the chair. Also a full lounger chair, possibly bar stools and a bench that will all have the macramé cording. I also want to do a version of the Palapa Chair in leather and canvas.
Are there any eras of design that you gravitate towards? What particular styles inspire or influence you?
I am not very well versed in design history, but I would say that I’m drawn to Mid-Century stuff mostly. I like simple design that’s functional, and it can’t take itself too seriously. I have a couple of old VW’s and every time I look at them I think, that’s it! They put the FUN in functional!
Macramé Palapa Lounge Chair available at Kneeland Co. Mercado