david chipperfield: piana for alessi
david chipperfield: piana for alessi
mar 04, 2011

david chipperfield: piana for alessi

‘piana’ chair by david chipperfield for alessi x lamm




for milan design week 2011, italian manufacturer alessi introduce their project collaboration with UK-based architect david chipperfield. the result is ‘piana’, a plain folding chair made with the licensing company parma lamm. the layout of the exhibition stand at the furniture fair is also designed by chipperfield himself.


designboom has received an exclusive preview of the chair produced in a 100% recyclable polypropylene with fiber glass with a non-slip matte finish utilizing a synchronized opening and closing of the meeting at a single point of rotation. the overall dimensions of the seat when open measure 48.8(width) x 44.6(seat height) x 77.6(seat back height). when closed it measures 45.6 X 89.7 cm and has a weight of 4.8kg. the design comes in six different colors: white, traffic black, pebble grey, patina green, raspberry red, saffron yellow.



david chipperfield: piana for alessi the chair unfolded

david chipperfield: piana for alessi concept sketch

  • at least post a picture of the chair unfolded!

    cj says:
  • cheao presentation to an OLD VERY OLD IDEA!

    USAinEurope says:
  • I think the designworld is quite interesting:
    Once you have a name you don’t have to be original anymore…it’s OK to copy and everyone are just happy. Just tweek a little here and there.

    And great sketches by the way, very convincing and serious. They give us an exiting and unexpected look “behind the scenes” that really
    helps in order to understand the whole spectrum of intellectual thoughts behind this complex project.
    To invest 100 000 Euro in tooling must have been a no-brainer.

    It’s a beautiful world!

    Gus says:
  • Come on guys!
    The real innovation is that the chair could not be folded, it’s a conceptual job! 🙂

    Renato says:
  • @Renato
    Aha! It’s a fooling chair!
    Thanks for clearing things up!

    Gus says:
  • The name is not “Piana”, is “Plia”…

    carlito says:
  • this project is being criticized too soon, and you should give david chipperfield a chance.
    if you take a look at our [url=https://www.designboom.com/eng/education/folding/onlevel.html] designboom history of folding chairs [/url] you will see that historically
    folding chairs featuring the pivot-component at the seat-level were all constructed from wood.
    the ‘plia’ by giancarlo piretti for castelli done in 1968 was one of the first to be executed in metal.

    the technical difficulties which chipperfield’s design is tackling is that he is achieving this pivot located
    at seat-level in plastic, a material which is hard to control in this manner.

    yes, this is a rendering and we cannot show more of project at this time as it is just a preview,
    but we will follow-up our readers with the real thing.

    andrea / designboom says:
  • @Andrea
    Some words of advise:

    A: Don’t pamper grown up and well established designers. I’m sure they can speak for themselves.

    B: Don’t publish work that doesn’t reveal the whole story if it’s cruicial. In this case: Wait for the image/s that shows the chair unfolded. Ask for it.

    C: If the designer/manufacturer can’t bring you more than exclusivity, 2 bad pics and a quick note saying “new chair”, then YOU have to bring the originalty and difficulties forward and explain why this deserves attention.

    D: Be a real journalist and don’t suck up to the establishment. Your dedication will make a difference and people will start respect you and your opinions on design – even if they don’t agree.

    E: Dare to think about designboom as an independent but well established music magazine. You are the critic and all the objects are new songs released by both famous and not famous artists.
    Now: instead of just reporting what’s the color of the covers – start listening and tell us – honestly – what you hear. You will change the game. We will worship your bravery.

    Good luck!

    Gus says:
  • A. Anyone with the name Chipperfield cannot help but brighten our days;

    B. Love the colors of the chairs; and,

    C. Gus: before you give adviCe, pull on a pair of untwisted knickers, geez.

    peen says:
  • @peen

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    A and B made me think you are probably just a design “journalist”.
    C made me realise I need to clearify what I’m trying to say totally naked.

    I’m not saying Chipperfield is a bad designer/architect – overall I really like his work. He’s actually great!
    He really deserves recogintion for his hard work. I just think this chair was a bit of a disappointment.
    Maybe I will change my mind when I try it. Hope so.

    Why is most people within the design business so afraid of discussing design on a constructive level?
    Why are there so few people around that are willing to invest in and create a platform for a critical, reflective, healthy,
    forward-thinking and interesting design debate?

    Designers are not Gods. They are people.
    Look at Ross Lovegrove’s speech at TED.com, he compares his methods to the work of Leonard Da Vinci.
    He says he hates blobism – yet the end consumer can’t tell his stuff from the work of Karim Rashid.
    Can’t you see that the lack of a healthy design critisism only creates monsters with selfmade dogmas that has nothing to do with reality.

    (For those who don’t know; TED.com is basically a fantastic speech-platform for scientists and smart people with ideas
    that can change the world FOR REAL. I’m sure design can be part of that as well but we just need to stop clowning first.)

    Feel free to send your hate mail or comments to [email protected]

    Still naked.

    Gus says:
  • Designboom did a presentation for TED ad the people at db are not journalists but designers and architects… and there is someone who is a kind of acclaimed artist.

    Friend of Designboom says:
  • as the Economist likes to say “let the market decide”. good design sells because people connect and it fills a need.

    richard says:
  • @Gus: No hate mail intended whatsoever. I am, at heart, an aspiring usage and grammar junkie and occasionally feel moved to comment on spelling, form or tone. For clarity’s sake, and as naked as decency and the fear of scaring off the cats allows me to be, there appeared to be a harshness in your tone which told me more about you personally than about the chairs in question or your design evaluating capabilities, which, most likely, are more advanced than mine. Peace!

    peen says:
  • It certainly does borrow… from the back impression to the exact joint from the Pila chair.

    Now, remanufacturing the Pila in plastic.. That would much inspired than squaring it off the edges and trying to pull over as your own design.

    thomas says:

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