odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segisall images © diego alto – courtesy odo fioravanti

 

 

appropriately named ‘dragonfly’, the design of the new chair by milan-based designer odo fioravanti for italian furniture company segis was derived from observations made on dragonflies, whose bodies are characterized by an imbalance in weight distribution between the front legs and their extended tail. from this formal suggestion, biomimicry influences an idea of a cantilevered seat – a chair with four legs joined on the front, and a seating surface that seems to cheat the force of gravity like an overhang. the engineering process has led to a U-shaped hidden element under the seat that increases the structural integrity. the dynamism of ‘dragonfly chair’ is exalted by characterizing the back of the injection-molded polypropylene shell with ribs that explicitly references the automotive industry.

 

 

odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segis

appropriately named ‘dragonfly’, the design was derived from observations made on dragonflies

 

 

odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segis

like a dragonfly, the chair is characterized by an imbalance in weight distribution

 

 

odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segis

biomimicry influences an idea of a cantilever- four legs joined on the front with a seat with an overhang

 

 

odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segis

the engineering process has led to a U-shaped hidden element under the seat that increases the structural integrity

 

 

odo fioravanti: dragonfly chair for segis

the back of the ribbed injection-molded polypropylene shell references the automotive industry