Fun Furniture

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 07/03/2013 11:34AM


Among the new products seen at the 2013 NeoCon were lots of upholstered and foam seating, often combined with wood.

Though you might not think it, this chair offers both. Manufactured by SixInch, the Louis chair features European beech hand carved in Italy covered with a special foam coating.

The proprietary foam coating can be applied to hard surfaces as well as foam that has been cut into specific shapes. Products are available in 20 standard colors, with custom colors available upon request.

There are 53 lines of furniture products in the company’s collection. In addition to its coated foam furniture, SixInch also offers custom design and manufacturing services. Lead time for a standard product is six to eight weeks, with 12 weeks for New Classics (Louis) lines.

“We see our product collection as a jumping off point for a designer to unleash their creativity. Whether it is a designer’s 3D CAD file, or just a sketch on the back of a napkin, our Design Team will work with A+D customers to bring their custom projects to life. Coated foam allows a level of creativity and flexibility, not to mention dramatic impact, that is rarely attainable with other furniture mediums,” Chris Crowley, associate vice president, North American Sales, said in a statement.

Well-known in Europe, SixInch exhibited for the first time at June’s NeoCon, an event which also marked the launch of its products into the North American market and the opening of a manufacturing plant in Goshen, IN. Founded in 2003 by Michel Sels and Pieter Jamart, the Antwerp, Belgium-based firm also has facilities in Belgium, Japan, Portugal, Italy and China.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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