Evolution by Nacho Carbonell



Milan 08: Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell exhibited his Evolution chairs at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.


The project explores themes of public and private behaviour and is meant to provide users with an escape from everyday life.


The collection includes three seats made from paper mache with chicken-wire frames: a chair with a cave-like bulge that a person can climb inside for contemplation (above); a public bench with a chamber at one end for an individual to escape into (top image); and a lovers seat to allow for both public and private behaviour between a couple (below).


Watch a video about the making of the chairs here.


The following thoughts are from Carbonell:



Living in an era were we are saturated of information at a frenetic rhythm, I wanted to create a refuge were you can escape and digest this rave in which we are submerged. This provides a moment of peace with yourself, with others or between others.


The material employed is recycled paper coming from excess information produced by our society. The paper has been separated by colours before creating the paste. This allows us to not only recycle the paper but also the ink it possesses.


Once the paste is ready it is applied over an iron frame covered with chicken wire of different textures. Depending on the pattern of this wire a unique paper texture appears.


In this first evolution edition there is three different pieces. The first is "one man chair", which incites personal thinking. "The bench" represents the crowds of the daily life and its attached cocoon is a door to escape from it. The third chair is called "The lovers chair" and it pretends to confront the two sides of behaving: private and public. It explores different ways of communication, it becomes a connecting tunnel.





Posted on Monday April 28th 2008 at 1:29 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Jodi

    What in the world?

  • Phone

    What the…. ?!?!?!?!
    This is awesome. I love it.
    Spanish designers and architects GREAT as usual.

  • Lauer

    I found the concept simply incredible, and adored the result final …….

  • slimfender

    Yessssssssssssss! What a tasty delight! I want to go see the exhibit!

  • xearo

    absolutely amazing!

  • amsam

    I think you guys are on crack. As an art installation it’s maybe interesting; as furniture it’s shoddy and poorly thought through. A shame, because the idea of a chair or sofa that connects to a private “cave” is fantastic– but the cave would at least need to be comfortable and easy to slip into. These pieces should stay in art school.

  • Tyler

    They remind me of something from Beetlejuice the movie, but I love them. They are so strange that I can’t help but find them amazing.

  • pat

    Live, these pieces are as disturbing as they are intriguing. Strange, otherworldly, yet also playful and even thoughtful/thought-provoking. They’re beyond comparisons to Maarten Baas’ Clay furniture… something more akin to Tim Burton’s visions… There is anyhow a definite sense of humour present.

    The Rossana Orlandi show was, for me, one of the gems of this year’s Salone.

  • Rene

    I agree, these pieces have an unexplainable presence, and Rosanna Orlandi was one of the best spots in Milan this year.

  • Bente

    Wonderfully weird, intriguing pieces. More!

  • ysue

    is there suppose to be something happening inside when u are sitting on it ? cool though. haha.

  • I met this guy at the Furniture Exhibition in Valencia couple years ago. He was presenting charming inflatable creatures, They are connected to seat and get inflated when you sit on it. Due to some reasons I was completely upset, tired and frustrated until I set on it. ))) Thank you, Nacho and good luck!