The Mantis lounge chair takes its inspiration from the ever constant mid twentieth century design in my mind plus the still standing position of a praying mantis.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
In a world changing incredibly fast and were material objects are so quickly replaced, this is my way of making a pause, slow down, and going back to the roots of wood making. The Mantis Lounge chair is incredibly simple, but not minimal at all. The object feels modern, and indeed it is, but always deeply respectful to those designs for which it borrows inspiration. There's no "wheel invention" or epiphany here, but just a mere interpretation as how I´d like the world to be. Sustainable, honest, simple and functional.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is a regular chair that can be used both as a dinning chair or a home desk chair.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project Started in may 2014 in Montevideo, and finished in August 2014 in Montevideo.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Production is very simple, only a metallic hardware that joins the armrests with the backrest is required, and such piece is not necessarily done by molding. It also uses upholstery for the backrest and seat.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Depth 620mm, width 530 mm, height 755 mm.
chair, silla, cadeira, scandinavian design, mid 20th century, armchair, scandinavian chair.
This particular design was not the result of inspiration in one or few design chairs dating back to the mid twentieth century, but rather the result of years creating a large library of design books of that certain period, plus all the objects at my own place that used to belong to my grandfather. So unconsciously this is the result of several ideas coming from years of watching and watching. Probably Kagan (though not scandinavian himself) was somewhere over there in a more abstract way.. . . .
The real challenge was creating a prototype of a chair that could adapt to our manufacturing capabilities in Uruguay, that even though it has some great craftsmen, the costs are incredibly high and our technologies sometimes run thin. So I had to create something that would pay homage to scandinavian design and it`s masters, but adapting it to a budget that could allow mass production and ease of technology applied to it. The result was a very simple chair, not too ambitious in its complexity, but definitely ambitious in its devotion to historical respect
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Photographer, Arai Moleri