Our friends at Designboom are at the world's largest modern furniture and design show, the 2014 salone del mobile, and have a peek at Ross Lovegrove's Diatom chair.
My immediate thought was that it was a modern update of the 50s classic wicker basket chair, updated to the very modern technologies that Lovegrove uses. And indeed, Designboom writes (in lower case only as is their house style)
entirely computer generated, lovegrove has adopted technologies typically used in the automotive industry (feruglio engineering) to envision ‘diatom’. each seating object is developed through pressed hydroforming in which a die-cast aluminium sheet is pressed into a three-dimensional shape – a marvel of structure devised from exploring the rules of mathematics that dictate the vegetative development of living organisms. the legs are punched of the seat bowl itself and further welded to form tubular supports – a juncture in which two techniques meld into a single piece. the use of aluminium makes ‘diatom’ 100% recyclable, while also ensuring that it encompasses the lightest weight possible, eliminating the need for steel while ensuring equivalent levels of performance.
Unlike the traditional basket chair, this one stacks, a great designboon. More, plus an interview, at Designboom.
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