Based in Zürich, Switzerland, Dukta has its roots in wood bending experiments. During a training course led by Serge Lunin in 2007, Christian Kuhn had the idea to create a lounger made from curved wooden elements. Together they tested alternatives including steam bending and gluing layers together but found that certain arrangements of incisions gave the wood a great deal of flexibility. Together with the Institute for Design and Technology at the ZHdK, the architecture, wood and construction departments at Bern University, as well as Schreinerei Schneider AG in Pratteln, Serge and Christian started an 18-month CTI research project to explore the possibilities of flexible wood.
From these humble beginnings, Dukta was founded in 2011. Now headed by the father and son team of Serge and Pablo Lunin, Dukta works with licensed partners throughout the world. The company has won numerous design awards including Interior Design’s Best of Year in 2015.