enrico gondim follows biomimicry principles for the ivy chair enrico gondim follows biomimicry principles for the ivy chair
nov 04, 2013

enrico gondim follows biomimicry principles for the ivy chair

enrico gondim follows biomimicry principles for the ivy chair
all images courtesy of enrico gondim




informed by biomimicry principles, the ‘ivy chair’ by british designer enrico gondim takes it cues from natural processes. based on traditional palm weaving, the chair transforms the two-dimensional technique into a sculptural three-dimensional form. made from american oak wood with a non peeling, water resistant felt, the chair offers a relaxing experience, similar to lying in a hammock. seeking to coming both industrial construction with hand-made craftsmanship, the use of straw weaving has a strong connection with the mathematical principles often found in nature. influenced by ernst haeckel’s method of scaling up the micro natural world through illustration, the piece transforms the small palm-folded material into a larger, modern piece that highlights its original aesthetic potential.



the ivy chair is based on biomimicry principles, taking its cues from natural processes



the sculptural piece is made using traditional palm-weaving techniques



detail views of the american oak wood and felt chair



the ivy chair offers a relaxing experience, similar to lying in a hammock



the piece folds to the shape of the body



the ivy pillow provides an adjustable head rest



ivy book storage feature



textured view of the weaved felt



the weaving construction process



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  • Hello people from designboom. I need you to make a correction on my name and nationality at my publication.

    Nationality: BRAZILIAN

    thank you!

    Erico Gondim says:
  • great process, great result.

    adjie says:
  • Unergonomic.

    This chair is bad for reading and rest.

    Justin says:
  • Nice object, wrong and trendy use of the biomimicry term which is quite far from this.

    Sergio says:

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