mr smith studio: basil chair for calligaris
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may 09, 2011
mr smith studio: basil chair for calligaris


‘basil chair’, designed by mr smith studio for calligaris furniture company

‘basil chair’, designed by milan-based mr smith studio for the italian manufacturer calligaris, draws its form
from the structural morphology of a basil leaf. in the chair, the central rib serves as not only ornamental
but also structural purpose.

the chair is composed of restilon, a fully recyclable thermoplastic polymer composed of 35% recycled materials.
the composite was selected for its structural properties, which allow for a more rigid exterior layer
and a more flexible inner core, in the injection molded piece. models are produced with either wooden or metal legs.

‘basil chair’ was introduced during milan design week 2011.


the chairs are made from restilon plastic with wooden or metal legs


view from above


orthographic view of the chair


3/4 rear view


closer view of chair front, stacked


‘closer view of chair back


stacked chairs


the shape of the chair mimics that of a basil leaf


structural render

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