(jiří macek) We found an unexpected Spun plastic chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick among the expected new pieces presented by the Italian brand of Magis in Milan. In fact, I am not sure it is still a chair. It is most reminiscent of a spinning top and spins with the user just like one.
British conceptual architect Thomas Heatherwick has made many extraordinary implementations with his London-based studio – from the spiral bags that change their size designed for the French brand of Longchamp to astonishing and often impalpable spatial installations in England to the bridge in Paddington that curls into a ball like an armadillo to the design of the bristly British pavilion for EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. The ambiguity of shape, its elusiveness, and the permanent presence of motion that link all his implementations can be found in the Spun chair as well. However, the motion inserted into the life of the chair does not reduce its seating comfort - it merely plays with the possibilities that have been forbidden in static seating. In Milan, one will have an opportunity to try this polyethylene chair, determined primarily for outdoor use. It is great just to think of it in advance.
Products by the Italian brand of Magis can be found in the Czech Republic in the catalogue of the 3DH showroom.
Spun Chair, Magis, design: Thomas Heatherwick