10 December 2018
Marc Newson is the pop designer par excellence. His creative imagination channels sinuously shaped objects and pops of garish colour that add an ironic, playful and non-conformist dimension to the living experience. Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ felt work and fuelled by the need for a functional and comfortable yet dynamic and quirky chair, the Australian designer conceived the Felt chair in 1993. Twenty-five years on, this iconic chair remains one of Cappellini’s global symbols.
The reason for its success lies in its design, in its folded, curved monobloc shell that breaks with all the traditional aesthetic seating canons and defines a new concept of relaxation with its play of empty volumes and lightness.
With its retro-futuristic design, this glass fibre chair has been reissued in a limited anniversary edition, signed by the designer. Its inviting lines, obtained by moulding a sheet of fibreglass, remain unchanged but have been enhanced by leather sheathing in a choice of baby blue, violet or celadon – colours borrowed from the Fifties to interpret the vintage interior design trends of today.
Powerfully contemporary, with a spirit both déjà-vu and futuristic, the Felt 25th Anniversary chair wins the design prize for excellence as an object that harnesses good looks, technology, experimentation and comfort in equal measure.