make public spaces private with sancal tortuga chairs by nadadora

make public spaces private with sancal tortuga chairs by nadadora


renown as a popular feature amongst the interior designs of public and private spaces, the sancal ‘tortuga’ lounge chair offers a mixture of comfort and quirky style. the product, designed by the spanish graphic and product design studio nadadora, is now available without its headrest, freeing up indoor areas and making them more open. the chair’s new form was spurred on by the latest trend research, pushing a consumer-favorite into the forefront of furniture design once more.

the furniture is designed by the spanish graphic and product design studio nadadora




spotting the movement in the market, sancal identifies with the trend towards creating more and more comfortable public spaces, where soft seating is being sourced for lobbies and breakout areas. these zones, originally the preserve of five star hotels and restaurants, are now commonplace in offices and even in shopping malls.


the search and desire for products with a domestic character, which are practical and durable enough for public spaces, is bringing alternative manufacturers to the fore. the spanish furniture company has become a popular option with architects and interior designers with its fusion of cosiness and slightly peculiar design.

the sancal ‘tortuga’ lounge chair offers a mixture of comfort and quirky style




the sancal ‘tortuga’ has quickly established itself as one of the marque’s favorite lounge chairs. its high back makes it ideal for curling up with a book, power snoozing or making a private call. however, for those looking to create an open, uncluttered space, the piece of furniture has now been designed without its headrest.

the chair’s updated design has led to the removal of its backrest




the ‘tortuga’ chair’s base still retains its familiar comfort with memory foam quilting and has a self-cantering foot. rejecting the off-the-shelf components that can make rotating chairs look very similar, sancal has developed its own: a solid steel structure shrouded in ash wood. the timber can be stained from a wide array of colors adding an extra dimension to the design.


‘tortuga’ by nadadora design studio
video courtesy of sancal




during the 2016 milan design week, at the salone del mobile, nadadora, the designers behind the chair, spoke about what influenced them to create the piece.

the sancal ‘tortuga’ collection; chair, stool and table


the self-cantering foot has remained a common feature over all of the range


the ‘tortuga’ has become a popular option with architects and interior designers


the new design creates a more open furniture piece


a closer look at the stool and table



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