doshi levien: paper planes for moroso
doshi levien: paper planes for moroso
may 05, 2010

doshi levien: paper planes for moroso

doshi levien: paper planes for morosoimage © doshi levien




london-based studio doshi levien (nipa doshi and jonathan levien) has designed ‘paper planes’ for italian furniture manufacturer, moroso, which was presented at the 2010 salone del mobile.


‘paper planes arose from the creation of a design for a new fabric incorporating swarovski crystal elements. the underlying idea of the fabric came from folded graph paper, which brings to mind mathematical and scientific images, in total contrast to the festive, joyful,superficial characteristics associated with crystals. we created a checked pattern using thin black and white lines, each with its own line of crystals. the idea is that the crystals are integrated into the design, so as to become almost invisible, hidden by the checked lines, and reappear only when the light gleams off them. in creating this fabric, we found we were working with a visual language that is architectural and spatial, ornate but not ornamental. as the name suggests, our approach to designing the chair involved creating shapes by folding and forming darts with the paper illustrating the checked fabric.  we made a cosy, comfortable reading chair that was nonetheless visually light, as if to defeat gravity.‘ – doshi & levien


doshi levien paper planes moroso designboom the seat comes in a low- and high-versionimage © doshi levien




the seat features a steel structure, with cold-cured polyurethane foam upholstery. the cover comes in two versions: a printed kvadrat remix fabric with swarovski crystal applications or jacquard. ‘paper planes’ comes in a standard version that can be used to form a modular seating system, or with a higher backrest.


doshi levien paper planes moroso designboomthe upholstery resembles graph paperimage © doshi levien



doshi levien paper planes moroso designboom‘paper planes’ collection for morosoimage © doshi levien


doshi levien paper planes moroso designboomdetail of the graph patterned fabricimage © doshi levien


doshi levien paper planes moroso designboomeach chair is marked with the moroso logo and year of issueimage © doshi levien


doshi levien paper planes moroso designboom‘paper planes’ modelsimage © doshi levien

doshi levien: paper planes for moroso the seat is made from a cold-cured polyurethane foam upholstery


doshi levien: paper planes for moroso‘paper planes’ fabric layout

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