When checking my post about the Algon Chair at Arflex I noted Lucca Nichetto also works with several other manufaturers and Petite Friture catched my eye as a strange sort of name for a furniture brand, but it is a furniture brand already for 10 years.
This design was inspired by the personal story of Tom Chung. An experienced cyclist, he used to climb Fromme Mountain outside of Vancouver and was fascinated by the technical performance of his bike. He sought to rediscover the efficiency that the latter brought him to reinvent the most common object and yet the greatest challenge for a designer: a design chair.
In Atto is rendered by two women: the young performer, Sandra Lessa, and the elder, Anna Maria Maiolino. The artist’s participation in this work exudes metaphoric and symbolic aspects, as a support for bringing the youngster back to life.
The work shows life-affirming aspects of rituals related to pain, repression and death. Sandra, the young performer, composes a language of voiced sounds associated to the dramatization of her body. The soundscape works with a language of its own, with an extra-grammatical sense, and without losing the feeling of the dimensions of the creative act in the making. The corporal dramatization in IN ATTO, compared to a shamanic rite with its shouts and movements, stirs the self-restoration of life over death. The body, initially inert and wrapped in bandages, as the performance unfolds feeds on itself, is regenerated and returns to life.
I have paid attention to design studio Cohda and its owner Richard G Liddle earlier. This time it is for their cooperation with Globe, a manufacturer of skate boards, that resulted in this deckchair made from parts typically developed for use in skateboard production.