Chair Tuesday: Frida



This amazingly light and airy chair is called Frida, by Italian designer Odoardo Fioravanti for Pedrali.
It utilises a new method of veneering the plywood which allows for more strength from thin plywood, meaning that chairs like this can get lighter without losing structural integrity.

The chair has a deceptively thin nearly non-existent frame that is apparently still amazingly strong, a fact that no doubt helped it win the super prestigious Compasso d'Oro prize in 2011.

 All this weight shedding and thin construction gives the chair a really beautiful shape, nice curves and contours; I really like the way the adjacent surfaces meet in the legs and curve up around the sides. The first few designs using a new technology sometimes feel a little underdone as designers are still working out what can be done with it and how to fully exploit it, but this chair is a really well resolved example of this new thin veneer.