Chairs everywhere at Milan2011

At the Milan Furniture Fair Patricia Urquiola presented a couch, chair and vases for Kartell.

Patricia Urquiola presented three new designs for Italian company Kartell at the Milan Furniture Fair recently.

The Foliage couch stimulates a dialogue between natural realities and artificial foliage. Characteristically Urquiola, the design appears to have just naturally grown in plastic. The seat is formed b what leaves like a crown of leaves resting on a framework of branches. Forming two cosy and roomy seats, the Foliage comprises a batch dyed technopolymer thermoplatic  frame with the seat made of polyurethane foam padding with quilted elastic fabric covering

Looking to give the classic Windsor chair a makeover, the Comback Chair is “a return to the glorious past of England in the XVIIIth century for a ‘Comb Back’ revival.” A glossy structure features a backrest comprising seven “teeth”  which spread out towards the lumbar region where they meet a reinforced hexagonal rim with slim shafts radiating down to join the seat. This single mould chair prioritises funtionaliy and ergonomics while incorporating sentiment. The plastic and bright colours contribute to a contemporary look and feel.

The chair comes in three different structural variations:

  • Comback “Swivel” Chair: with four legs and a central swivel shaft.
  • Comback "Sled" Chair: with two slim tubular sides .
  • Comback "Wood": with four oak-stained or painted beechwood legs.

The Matelasse, meanwhile, is a range of three colourful and fun vases in three different sizes. The slanted structure of each vase makes it look like matelassé cloth puffed up with air. Made from transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate, these vases can be made to work in any room of the house.