Tag - Andreu World - Page 5
Authors
chairpedia

Conversation on the train

No one doubts that the cantilever chair (freischwinger, which in German means free swing), based on the principle of the projecting beam and characterized by its elasticity, is a universal design. However, its paternity is problematic. Is it a Marcel Breuer design inspired by a Mart Stam idea or the other way around? What were the contacts between both designers? At what moment did their experiments intersect? The Dutch architect Mart Stam in 1926 had designed a chair without hind legs, constructed of 10 straight sections of gas pipe, reinforced with elbows. As...

From war material to object for peace

French fry. This symbol of North American fast food alluded to by the nickname of the LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) chair could make us think that it was the product of a pop designer’s imagination. Nothing is further from reality because in 1945, when the end of World War II was approaching, pop had not yet made an appearance in the cultural scene and United States industry was focused on the construction of war material. It was not an auspicious time for frivolities. This chair was the result of the efforts made by the Eames spouses to master plywood techniques when...

The chair that is carried everywhere

Who has not gone to the beach or the countryside carrying one of those cheap, collapsible, aluminum tube chairs that do not weigh anything, do not rust and can be stored and transported effortlessly? Is this omnipresent model in the campsites really a nice and comfortable design? Well, not too much. The curve of the legs makes them unstable and overturn when the user leans to the side. The bar on the back pierces the backside and the one in front cuts off circulation to the back of the thighs. The braided nylon strips end up opening with use. They are repaired...

The "transplastic" chair

I met with the Campana brothers at a summer workshop in Boisbuchet. There we had time to have long conversations in those shared dinners at communal tables that are the center of country life that carries in the place. One afternoon we talked about their Transplastic collection. Surely it is the one that best expresses the way of thinking of the Brazilian brothers. Manual labor opposed to industrial, how to utilize poor local materials, in this case a fiber called “apui”, and elevating their category, giving them an unexpected beauty through design. There has been...

The chair "and the rabbit speaks"

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...

The papal chair

It was on a work trip to the Herman Miller factory, in the unknown destination of Grand Rapids (Michigan). We were with the designer Yves Behar, who was working with the American manufacturers on a new office chair. One that visit, we were given a tour of the facilities and we ended up in a basement where products of all kinds, prototypes, special pieces, etc. are warehoused. Snooping around, Yves and I raised a plastic and we found a white leather armchair with a strange shield printed on the back. It was a model designed by Charles and Ray Eames, with a...
top