By Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho
In early 1995 the Finnish architects Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho, then in their mid 20s, started to design a piece of furniture in which you could sit in a reclined, comfortable way while using your computer for work, gaming and surfing the World Wide Web. They called this furniture Netsurfer. They built the first prototype in a garage in Helsinki and it was first exhibited at the fair Habitare, Helsinki in 1995. Asikainen and Terho later produced several Netsurfer’s through their company Netsurfer Ltd. Netsurfer was a part of the groundbreaking exhibition Snowcrash during Salone del Mobile in Milan 1997 and that same year it was also featured in the movie The End of Violence (1997) by director Wim Wenders. Between 1999-2002 approximately 200 Netsurfer’s were produced by the company Snowcrash in Sweden and it was included in the exhibition Workspheres at MoMA in New York, 2001. Netsurfer is part of several museum collections and widely regarded to be the most iconic furniture of the IT era. (Photos by Jens Andersson)
Edition: Snowcrash production 1999-2002
Dimensions: Length 1610, width 780, height 980mm
Materials: Steel structure with grey powder coating, pressed plywood seat, black leather upholstery.