Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
The new chair Phoenix luminously represents the Life-circle philosophy that is the soul of Offecct. Every detail of the chair is carefully conceived, thought through, purposefully designed and crafted for a long, sustainable and flexible life cycle. The fruit of this development process is a chair of original elegance and contemporary timelessness.
Created in collaboration with the Italian designer Luca Nichetto, Phoenix was launched internationally at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017.
The look of Phoenix is derived from a recycled aluminum frame with a trademark Y-shaped base. The upholstered parts can be easily removed and replaced when needed — or when the client wants a new colour or material for novel functions and/or styles. The result is a brand new chair whose used parts are recycled.
This perpetual life cycle inspired the name for Phoenix — the bird in Greek mythology that keeps rising from its own ashes.
Luca Nichetto says, “I think the Phoenix is a fine manifesto product for the ambitious Life-circle ideas we share with Offecct. What I really like is that the idea is based on the extremely strong and flexible structure — that the structure is also the form, almost like a Totem pole. The original idea comes from the Y-shape in the rope or chain in a children’s swing. Without the legs, the chair is actually like a swing. This structure allows maximum flexibility from the beginning. To me, it’s a perfect example of what design is all about — working in collaboration with the industry.”
Phoenix comes with four different leg bases. The frame is available in a wide range of colours and different finishes. The exchangeable wooden upholstered sections are available in a broad spectrum of materials and colours. This gives the chair unlimited customizing options, not just from the beginning but during its entire life cycle.
After considering the option of constructing the chair’s frame out of wood, Offecct and Luca Nichetto decided on using recycled aluminum.
Anders Englund, Design Manager at Offecct, comments, “It’s actually one of the most environmentally sustainable materials available for this purpose. Virgin aluminum is strenuous on the environment, but once it is into its life cycle, its upcycling values are very good, with superior durability.”
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