Debonair, remarkable and versatile: exactly what you can expect from Markian.  

Ferdinand is a dapper, stylish addition to both occasional and commercial spaces. The beautiful timber veneer shell echoes the Vieira scallop shape, cradling the luxuriously upholstered leather seat and fabric backrest. 

The unexpected Marblo by Markian blade slides seamlessly into the back of the chair, instantly providing a side table on either side of the chair for a drink, a phone or a handbag. The blade can also be used independently as a grazing platter or laptop stand. The finished width of the chair lends nicely to socially distancing norms, making Ferdinand an ideal solution for commercial as well as occasional spaces.

Customise Ferdinand to suit your space with your choice of Markian’s nine colourways, designed to delight your senses and enliven your space. 

Materials & Care

Marblo by Markian Solid Surface.
Environmentally friendly MDF.
FSC Certified Timber Veneer.
Fire-rated commercial grade upholstery foam.
Warwick commercial grade fabrics and leathers.

For best care and maintenance results please follow manufacturers instructions.

Care & Maintenance Guide

Lead Time

8-10 weeks depending on volume of order.


For as long as he can remember, Ferdinand Ludwig has always climbed trees. It was up in the canopy, sunlight streaming through the branches, that the seeds of Baubotanik were sown. 

Baubotanik is a term that describes a building method in which architectural structures are created through the interaction of technical joints and plant growth. The term entails the practice of designing and building living structures using living plants. The Baubotanik method combines the aesthetic and ecological qualities of living trees with the static functions and structural requirements of buildings, thereby reducing the need for artificial building materials.

Ferdinand Ludwig is a German architect and the head of the professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Munich. Ludwig is a pioneer and innovator in the field of Baubotanik, the architectural realm of living plant construction.

Ferdinand Ludwig studied architecture and completed his doctorate studies at the University of Stuttgart with a dissertation entitled "The Botanical Fundamentals of Baubotanik and their Application in Design". In 2007, he founded the research group “Baubotanik” at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Architectural Theory and Design (IGMA), and he headed this group as a research associate until 2017. Professor Ludwig applies the botanical-constructive approach to architecture, urban planning and landscape design in the office collaboration “ludwig.schönle: Baubotanik – Architecture – Urbanism”, which he founded with Daniel Schönle in 2010.

He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Prize for bold science, Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 2016, and the Prize for exceptional scientific achievements, University of Stuttgart in 2013. In 2012 he was named a “Maker of Tomorrow” by the Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg. The Plane-Tree-Cube in Nagold was given the “Special Prize for Innovation” at “Holzbaupreis Baden-Württemberg 2012.” 

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Markian - Furniture is bespoke and handmade in our purpose-built Brisbane workshop and joinery. We are able to design and custom make just about anything you can imagine, including coffee and dining tables, sideboards, display cabinets, bar stools, sofas, outdoor furniture, and storage solutions.