May 24, 2013
No, this isn’t an AP Calculus graph brought to life. It’s the Parabola Chair by Los Angeles-based designer Carlo Aiello, one of the dozens of quirky seating options we saw at ICFF this week. In fact, this sculptural chair, constructed from a lattice of chrome-plated steel, won the prestigious 2013 ICFF Studio Award. For good reason: “The challenge was to achieve a single surface that serves as seating, arm rest, and backrest supported by a minimal structure,” says Aiello. We’re impressed.
Although the Parabola exhibits curvatures in two directions, all its components are straight (imagine assembling a model out of Pick-Up Sticks), and thus easy to manufacture. And—for those of you who doubt the comfort of a metal chair—you haven’t tried this one! “In order to achieve perfect comfort both curvatures were carefully calibrated to hold the body in the best position,” the designer said in a statement.
A true objet d’art, the Parabola is currently on display at Bergdorf Goodman windows in New York City. More photos below!