Sunday, February 21, 2010

Frilly chair | Patricia Urquiola | Kartell, Italy | 2008

Patricia Urquiola Frilly chairPatricia Urquiola
Kartell, Italy

Patricia Urquiola was born in 1961 in Oviedo, a town in northern Spain. She studied first in Madrid and then in Milan, where in 1989 she graduated from the Milan Polytechnic. Her thesis was supervised by the internationally renowned Achille Castiglioni.

From 1990 to 1992, Urquiola was an assistant professor at the Milan Polytechnic and at the ENSCI (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle) in Paris. From 1993 to 1996 she worked in a design workshop started with other designers where she was involved in architectural planning of buildings, interior design, and exhibition design. Since 1996, she has been a coordinator of the design group of the company Lissoni Associati.

I became interested in the Frilly chair when I saw it paired with the Stone stool at the Space showroom.  The link will take you to that post.

Frilly chair

Frilly chair Kartell promotional images:  Frilly chair

The Frilly chair was designed by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell and launched on November 5, 2008 in Milan.  It is made of transparent polycarbonate, which makes the chair suitable for indoor or outdoor use.  The chair is 47 cm wide by 47 cm deep by 78 cm tall, with a seat height of 46 cm.  The chairs are stackable to up to 5 units.  It’s given the designation 5880 by Kartell and comes two to a box.  Numerous retailers sell the chair at $ 299.

Frilly was born from the idea of an industrial sculpture transformed into a charming ergonomic shape.  The wide range of colors is reminiscent of natural elements, giving the chair a light and lovely appearance.  Patricia Urquiola describes Frilly:

“I designed this chair as an oversized shape which is then ‘deformed’ and enriched, to create a ‘fabric effect.’ I think that Frilly is feminine but not nostalgic; rather it’s totally contemporary, combining emotion and functionality.”

Technicla data sheet for Frilly chair

Technical data sheet for Frilly chair.

The wavy effect covering the entire surface gives this chair a light and soft look like pleated fabric, for a sensual, fun and feminine optical effect.  The iconography surrounding the launch of the chair underscores these ideals.Frilly chair iconography

Kartell flagship, Frilly chair Kartell flagship, Frilly chairKartell showroom during the Frilly chair launch.  Image source:  Kartell.


Design Dictionary. Retrieved February 20, 2010 from: http://www.designdictionary.co.uk/en/urquiola.htm

Kartell.  Retrieved February 20, 2010 from: http://www.kartell.it

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