alberto meda: carbon fiber chairs
alberto meda: carbon fiber chairs alberto meda: carbon fiber chairs
dec 12, 2008

alberto meda: carbon fiber chairs

‘carbon fiber chair’ by alberto meda  

‘I have always been against the idea of the engineer as a person concerned only with technical matters. engineers are not generally expected to have an aesthetic attitude; and I suppose this limitation stems from the kind of training they get, whereby an engineer’s job is to deal with production processes, calculations and structures… I have always found that unacceptable and rebelled against it, because it means separating thinking from doing… it wasn’t easy to get myself accepted as a designer because until then everybody had thought of me only as a consultant or technologist.’ alberto meda said.

the enthusiasm, research and inventions of the italian engineer alberto meda are illustrated in a recently published volume; with fine photographs, sketches and critical essays, compiled by francesca picchi. (series of publications, entitled ‘prontuario’, edited by enrico morteo and published by editrice abitare segesta )

results of experimentation with carbon fiber

‘lightnes makes us dream, its secret cannot be revealed. lightness leads to unpredictable solutions.’

meda began, halfway through the 1980s, to experiment with new uses for carbon fiber composites – a sandwich with honeycomb core of nomex (a special type of polyamide) and unidirectional carbon fabric coverings — usually utilized to make strong, light components for the aerospace, racing sectors and most recently in the sporting world (tennis rackets, skis and fishing poles). in these industries it pays to manufacture products that are light and resistant. his idea was to investigate possible uses of composite technology in creating everyday objects. alberto meda’s ‘lightlight’ (1989) and ‘softlight’ (1989) chairs were manufactured using this process and were among the first applications of composite materials in the furnishing industry.

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