Stacking Chair Universale by Joe Colombo
Photo by Midcentury Modern ZA
Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti (Photo Designboom)
What’s the world’s most famous chair?
The anonymous, cheap, light-weight, portable, waterproof, stackable, easy to clean, plastic patio chair, manufactured from one (ca. 2 kilogram) piece of polypropylene in a single process, or the Monobloc Plastic Chair, produced in millions
In a post Designboom describes the history of the (in)famous monobloc: After Joe Colombo designed the first all plastic chair, Stacking Chair Universale, a chair with two types of add on legs to make its hight adjustable, the Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti was the first all plastic chair in one piece.
Designboom should know, as its co founder Birgit Lohmann, worked for Vico as his personal design assistant for 15 years.
German designer Konstantin Grcic continues his collaboration with the Italian manufacturer Magis with their recent launch of the latest products – a pair of three-legged workshop stools called “Tom & Jerry”. Made of solid beech, the modest stool has been updated with an introduction of adjustable colorful swivel screws (available in white, black, red and light blue) made of self lubricant polypropylene.
The chairs, that are composed of only two materials, are the product of young designer Rami Tareef‘s COD Project (Crafts Oriented Design). Each chair is created by threading 500 meters of polypropylene cord around 10 meters of steel rod.
From the designer:
“The project tries to illuminate the differences and similarities between craft and design; it tests and stretches the limits of their hybridization, and tries to end up with something identifiable from that past world. The COD project deals with wicker/woven furniture − a traditional craft product − and preserves its production values while incorporating innovative design features from the world of mass production.”
Another chair to be presented at Milan 2011 this month is Piana by British architect David Chipperfield for Italian design company Alessi. Alessi is well known for its innovative designs in mostly all things that can be labelled “accessories”, so a new product being a chair is a unique step for the company.
Piana is a folding and stackable seat that is manufactured from 100% recycled polypropylene and rotates around a single point held by two screws. Available in 6 kitchen-friendly (2 of which even sound yummy) colors: white, raspberry red, saffron yellow, patina green, traffic black and pebble grey.