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London-based design studio Industrial Facility will display a prototype of a lightweight aluminum chair as part of a one-day show called Pop-Down at their studio on 22 September. The lightweight outdoor chair will be produced by French company Tectona. According to the designers, “Following our advanced study of wood for the creation of the Branca chair, we decided to investigate a different material – in particular aluminium – for an outdoor chair to be produced by Tectona.
Aluminium is a perfect material for the outdoors; it is lightweight, non-corroding and can be shaped easily. For the design’s starting point, we looked at public handrails on stairways – their size and proportion – which led to the oversized legs forming the armrests. These legs are made from an extrusion process that allows the chair to be stackable and affordable. After countless studies of connections and profiles, the result is a chunky yet very light chair that also admittedly makes a nod to the legendary Landi Chair designed by Hans Coray.”
Image Courtesy: Industrial Facility