Enveloping, suggestive, warm and technological. This is how she presented her new design in the Chicago showroom. Nuez is the result of her second collaboration with Andreu World, after the Nub collection. It was one of the most popular designs at Chicago’s NeoCon, a major international event in the corporate and office furniture sector held June 12th to 14th. Insomuch of being awarded the first prize in the Hospitality/Seating category of the HiP Awards presented by the influential American magazine Interior Design.
Patricia Urquiola with her Nuez chair in Andreu World's permanent showroom at Merchandise Mart, home of Chicago's NeoCon.
During her presentation, Patricia Urquiola explained that Nuez starts from "the idea of creating a seat that folds like a sheet of paper”. The injected thermoplastic housing is expressed as a flexible surface that hugs the body when sitting. The folds and curves of the seat designed by Patricia Urquiola convey softness and materiality.
The undulating exterior texture of the Nuez chair features an exclusive fabric of bands created by Patricia Urquiola. In addition, Nuez offers a double texture: the one of the shell, formed by three-dimensional undulations that give movement, and that of the upholstery, which also implies complex and studied manufacturing.
The development of Nuez presented the challenge of making two materials as diverse as thermoplastic and fabric establish a harmonious and rich dialogue. It is available in three base versions and numerous upholstery options for the seat and backrest.