Beginning with Björk: Luca Nichetto’s Robo Stacking Chair

In the 1999 music video for Icelandic singer Björk’s hit “All is Full of Love”, the main protagonists are robots that take on human characteristics. This video (and the concept of dismantlement within it) provided the spark for Italian designer Luca Nichetto‘s Robo chair for Swedish manufacturer Offecct: a structure comprised of separate parts that are assembled to create the whole. “I find the idea that a robot could become a living being really exciting, and so I imagined what would happen if the same principle were applied to the design of a chair.” Nichetto explained.

Robo. Designed by Luca Nichetto for Offecct.

Robo’s disassembled components: the seat, the seat back, and the legs, fit within a box measuring 50 x 50 x 20cm, making it a flat-pack, easily shippable, and environmentally friendly design.”The goal was to create an object that respected the environment by playing with a design comprised of separate pieces so that the chair could be transported in a small box. My vision became reality when I translated the forms of a ‘humanized’ robot into a chair, placing particular emphasis on the shapes of the robot’s ‘limbs’. The project couldn’t have been called anything other than Robo.” (Luca Nichetto). The choice of materials (plywood, recycled P.E.T. acrylic felt and metal structure) reinforce Offecct’s initiatives.




via Contemporist.

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