The Plastic Chair, a History of Design.

4 years ago by in Chairs

Plastic chairs represent a turning point in the history of furniture design. They are the epitome of functional construction and freedom of expression. In other words, practicality and beauty. The history of plastic chairs begins in the 60s, with the first furniture series. The advantages were clear from the outset: economy, ergonomics, flexibility. Until then, the chairs were made of wood or metal structures assembled into several pieces by interlocking nails, pitchers, etc.. The new chairs, however, were unique pieces of colored plastic or plexiglass with space-saving solutions and original forms, free from any limit. The freedom of artistic expression given by the extrusion process industry with which they are made, created the ability to carry out projects over the years and the chairs have become true models of design.

The official start of the history of plastic chair begins with Selene, a model created by designer Vico Magistretti in 1967. It was designed in translucent plastic in a wide range of colors, and was designed to be easily stacked and used both on the inside and outside. More important are the Panton Chair by designer Verner Panton and the famous 861 by Joe Colombo. The first cantilevered chair was made from a single mold and presented the sinuous lines that resembled a female body. The 861, however, was made in a single mold and was characterized by appropriate cuts on the legs that allowed it to be stacked up to a maximum of three pieces. It was designed to create a kind of bench that allowed for more seating.

Indoor or garden, for public or private places, stackable or side by side, colored or transparent: plastic chairs are one of the finest examples of versatility in design history. Many, in fact, are the characteristics that allow these objects to adapt to the needs of the space and, at the same time enhance its characteristics thanks to the creativity of shapes and lines. But design also means to adapt to the needs of the contemporary context: the use of recyclable materials, in fact, has created a new model of chair innovative and abreast with the environmental needs of society. Built and proposed by IBEBI, the HOTH chair is made of fully recyclable polypropylene, reinforced with fiberglass and injection molded using the technique of “AIR MODULING”: a choice that gives this chair just as much strength and flexibility. It has lines that transmit an image of lightness and elegance, thanks to the lumbar support, provide ergonomics and ease of use. Its shape makes it possible to stack up to six HOTH chairs on top each other. It is available in white, ash, smoke, green, orange and cream.

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