2.4 chair. Designed by Omer Arbel.
The 2.4 Chair combines resin and steel to create a one-of-a-kind lounge chair: "Structurally speaking, it is a hybrid system: tension forces are transferred through the stainless steel skeleton; compression forces are transferred through the cast resin shape." Each chair produced used different color combinations of opaque and transparent layers that were "inspired by color samples selected by each patron." The resin covers a steel scaffold which remains visible beneath the colorful exoskeletal shell; hence, the 2.4 Chair has a transparent construction—something OAO celebrates.
The design firm "embraces the object as a starting point for the design exercise" and looks "for ways to imbue the object with meaning." The meaning varies on the viewer, no doubt, but I like to think that 2.4 says something about the value of a good foundation and the playfulness of hiding it. For an object to appear whimsical and yet rely on a strong base can be read as an artistic theory: you can't break the rules unless you can master them. Aficionados of the grid will appreciate the 2.4 Chair's underlying framework (material and philosophical).