Design – “At Archipanic, we are excited to introduce our new design contributor Antonella Galimberti, gentle and curious soul with an exquisite taste, a crazy attitude and 40 years of experience in design writing.”As spring embraces us with its colours and scents, Antonella has picked 12 flower-shaped chairs bringing the season’s positive vibe into our homes.
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“Excited to start a collaboration with Archipanic. My selection includes an embracing seat for indoor spaces by Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue; I wish he created an outdoor version too. It hasn’t been easy to steal an interview with a true maestro and ironsmith who prefers to make objects rather than narrate them. A designer has embarked on a long journey with a chair mounted on her car. During the adventure, they became friends. I also enjoyed a multitasking seat that once folded doubles as a painting on the wall.” Antonella Galimberti.
With its organic shape, Bloom easy armchair by renowned Filipino industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue is ‘sculpted’ with hundreds of tiny stitches radiating from the centre of the seat to create refined, tactile feelings. Handcrafted in microfibre and sewn on a bolstered fiberglass structure, Bloom embraces its guest in multiple available colours.
With the Bouquet chair for Italian company Moroso, Japanese design maestro Tokujin Yoshioka has designed a ‘garden for the living room.’ Hundreds of fabric petals are pleated and sewn on an embracing upholstered shell blending high-end craftsmanship with haute-couture. Yoshioka plays with thickness, texture and shape to create exquisite tactile poetic feelings.
German designer Martin Ballendat created the Flower chair for Tonon inspired by the marvel springing from the spontaneous aesthetics of leaves and petals. The ‘almost symbolic’ yet generous and ergonomic design comes with an upholstered shell dressed in leather and fabrics and a super comfy lightweight structure in wood and metal.
Anacleto Spazzapan is an ironsmith working between Italy and Indonesia, where he used to go multiple times every year before the pandemic took over the planet. His Fiore seats are solid architectures of welded metal parts with precious handcrafted fabrics. The flower-shaped chairs are made from Balinese wedding flags that are cut into strips and hand-woven according to traditional craftsmanship. Each piece is unique and comes with its own happy story.
Nali, the flower-shaped chair by The Masie, comes with five generous petals made from synthetic rattan hand-woven on a metal frame. A timeless design perfectly fitting in boho and Nordic-style patios. The collection also comprises matching side tables.
Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic pop-art flowers, architecture studio Salvati & Tresoldi created the Omaggi chair dressed in Alcantara precious pink fabric on chromed steel legs for Saporiti Italia. The collection comprises six seats paying tribute to art masters including Fontana, Malevich, Kandinsky, Balla and Lisitsky.
Tiny apartment with friends often coming over for dinner? AFM Mobilididesign presents Fläpps, the multitasking and super-thin chair – just 20mm! – that doubles as a painting. You don’t have to fold it and hide it away when not in use. Thanks to its printed floral artwork, you can hang it on the wall and feel proud of it.
Anemone swivel chair by Giancarlo Zema for Giovannetti Collezioni is a tribute to the eponymous flower, dubbed windflower, that originally grows in South African and South American meadows. “It’s like swimming happily like a fish in a warm sea of shapes, feeling protected in anemones’ vibrant colours,” says Zema. Anemone comes with a solid metal structure and fire-proof polyurethane foam upholstery and is available in 20 colours.
“Creating a chair is like painting a portrait, often a self-portrait,” confesses Italian artist and designer Carla Tolomeo, a true lady of chairs. She works with precious velvet, marble, ceramic and bronze to craft seats with a distinctive theatrical feel. Carla is represent4ed by the Contini Arte design gallery in Venice.
Designer Emanuela Berruti traveled Europe with a chair of the Flower collection designed by her father Carlo, founder of the historic Danber Italia furniture company. Emanuela, the fourth generation of the family company, installed the colourful yet minimalist seat on top of her car and drove from Milan, where the company has its showroom, to Paris, Rome, Lausanne and many other destinations across the continent. During their adventure, they eventually became friends.
Poppies, roses, orchids, peonies and dahlias bloom in Jennifer McGarigle’s Floret collection for Floral Art. Printed on film on the transparent acrylic seatback, the flowers stand out perfectly in Californian living rooms or seafront weddings and ceremonies.
Roses by Seletti is the floral seat of the Toilet Home collection developed for the iconic Toilet Paper magazine by Maurizio Cattelan e Pierpaolo Ferrari. The decor features a bed of roses across a rigorously blue background.