Many years ago, in the early nineties, on a visit to the studio of Ron Arad in Camden Town (London), he happily showed me a chair recently designed and already finished. It was called “And the Rabbit Speaks” and consisted of a large wooden box, with sinuous seat shape, that opened like a violin case and inside it you found another chair designed with the same silhouette as the box. The idea, he told me, was that chairs usually traveled in large wooden crates that protected them, and when they reach their destination, people use those same shipping crates, sit on them, then, why not directly give those packaging crates a chair form also. It seemed to me then, and still seems to me, a brilliant idea and most intriguing.
The only fault I found was the discomfort, the chair in question would be a hard and uncomfortable chair. And then Ron told me something I’ve always had in mind throughout my career: “But what you say is nonsense, the idea of comfort is an illusion”, he told me, “if you are seated in a restaurant in good company and in front a delicious plate of spaghetti, you do not remember if the chair in which you are seated is comfortable or not, you do not even think about it.” Many chairs I have seen since then, and many plates of spaghetti too, unfortunately not always with such good fortune.