Piana is a folding chair and the first chair at all for the Italian manufacturer Alessi to be involved in its more than 90 years’ history. Accordingly special is this Alessichair. Piana is the result of the cooperation of the two Italian companies Alessi and Lamm with designer and architect David Chipperfield.
While Alessi and David chipperfield were developing the design, Lamm took care of the technical knowhow for the manufacture of this high quality seating furniture. The designer David Chipperfield entered the challenge of designing a product that already exists in numerous editions, with Piana. The result is a folding chair that fulfills practical demands.
Piana is simple and reduced to the essential, regarding its appearance. The iconic folding chair is recognized as such instantly, it doesn’t possess any ornaments and is extremely robust. The clear and functional look makes Piana a versatile chair. The aim of David Chipperfield, Alessi and Lamm was to design a chair that could be used in public rooms, for events and receptions, as well as in private households, at the dining table, on the balcony or in the garden.
Accordingly high is the quality of the used materials and clever are the practical artistic details of the design. Piana possesses a synchronized system for the folding and unfolding of the seat. This system was implemented with one only rotatory point and completely without apparent fixing elements. That is why Piana can be folded compactly and be as thin as the own feet in its folded position.
Lamm uses polypropylene, fiberglass reinforced, for the manufacture of Piana. The surface is matt and slip-resistant; the whole chair is 100% recyclable. The chair is adapted for indoor and outdoor use because of the material.
Lamm and Alessi offer their Piana folding chair in different colours. Also a special transport car, connection hooks and wall-fixing materials are available for the Piana folding chair.
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