Iga by Damian Kozlik



Self-confessed Polish "novice designer" Damian Kozlik has sent us renderings of Iga, a proposed polypropylene chair that has storage spaces in its arms.


"I live in Wroclaw (POLAND)," Kozlik writes. "I'm novice designer. I'd like to present my recent project on your website."


"I called it Iga. It is not currently produced. There are open spaces in the arms of the chair which make storage possible. It can be made of polypropylene. I created this project inspired by the shape of the origami swan."


"It's a part of the bigger collection. There is also similar design, named "Koga". It's made of the same components, but in the different configuration. Table "Kobe" is the last part of the collection. It can be made of the same material."


Posted on Monday June 30th 2008 at 11:05 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • This is a fantastic piece; I can see something like this in one of Harry Seidler’s ’50s houses. The ‘Iga’ is quite timeless; although its angles are quite clearly inspired by both European and ancient Japanese tastes, the modern touches, such as the storage in the arms, make ‘Iga’ relevant for the 21st century.

    I congratulate Damian Kozlik on this excellent piece. I would buy it.

    — Tom Baker

  • janlist

    pattern is popular, but the storage space is not bad

  • laila



    I love to have one :p

  • Bioz

    no funciona

    storgae place dosnt work , trust me ive done the same mistake

  • sorry, but this is bad design…it isn’t even design. it’s a rendering of a piece of plastic.

  • zuy

    great Macus to introduce novice designer from the east of europe…or from anywhere in the world
    I’m agree with Tom baker it’s a great concept and a great piece
    So it’s Ok both for Milan or Basel /Miami… Damian Kozlik must ask Satellite Milan and dvp a proto or contact top galleries…
    I think polypropylene is not a good choice of material… as Italy manufacturers are reducing now except with star designers…
    but try to contact Kartell Or Magis…. for dvp eastern new market share ?

  • edward

    Excellent design satisfying functional, structural and aesthetic expectations, a rarity on these pages. Reminiscent of Steven Holl’s “riddled” pieces and his porosity bench. I see it in solid bamboo, an instant classic!

  • zuy

    Edward thanks for Steven Holl … hole is trendy and functionnal for oudoors… the drawing is 70’s

  • cpcp

    “structural expectations” edward?? for all you know this could fall apart when you sit on it – particularly with the sharp faceted holes all over the legs (some of them at very acute angles near the panel edges).

    its an average design at best if you take the fashionable ‘porosity’ away

    another ‘digital prototype’ blah blah …..

  • qwertz

    i’m really disapointed by dezeen…seriously. for me, this is not even a product. this is a idea in somebodys mind, who thinks he can convey his thoughts by spending a day on his mac. a product is just more then a rendering. it’s about how it feels; cold, warm. how it sounds when you sit down. how heavy it is….and so on.
    plus storage space does not work, wrong material proposed, structural problems….

  • zuy

    ‘digital prototype’, internet blogs are full of concept design and there is aalso a red dot concept design award

  • cpcp

    my thoughts exactly qwertz

  • christopher

    Hear hear Qwertz.

  • Viktor Mari

    its pretty tacky, too much thought, rather just doing

  • omar

    thank you qwertz!
    i’m surprised by the ammount of positive comments. i am surprised dezeen posts such underconsidered work.

  • moz

    Reminds me of some products I saw at the ICFF from Arktura

  • edward

    The fact that the design exists only on paper (hard drive) does not detract at all from its worth as a concept and the insistence of a finish product only for consideration on a design forum, inexplicable. Anticipating a design’s worth from images is, after all, at the heart of design, I would think. If one is unable to do this, don’t blame the design.

  • cpcp

    renderings are fine if we are simply judging dezeen articles and concepts/proposals from a purely aesthetic perspective – and we all have our own tastes and opinions.

    but when it comes to ascertaining whether a concept would work in the practice and function and perform as intended/required (ergonomically, structurally, environmentally, etc etc), then renderings (especially those without people in them) are not enough.

    yes – creating and interpreting images are at the heart what we do as designers, but a prototype is worth a thousand images as they say – and i think that there is only so far one can develop an idea on paper.

    this clearly hasn’t been developed very far…. whats to like?

  • edward

    “this clearly hasn’t been developed very far…. whats to like?”

    No, it’s a concept at this stage, and, I think, a promising one. I like the vaguely origami folded legs/armrest and the plane of the seat piercing these elements making for an inherently rigid structure. The magazine storage is clever and the porosity adds intriguing transparency, capturing the various colors and light of its setting. Don’t belittle a drawing: even rapid prototyping requires a drawing to produce. Use your imagination!

  • cpcp

    I guess what I am trying to say is that I find these render postings a little premature, and I would prefer to see these concepts posted at a latter stage of the design process – rather than just after the first cad model has been rendered. I think this has, maybe, got potential – but I think it will be far more engaging once prototypes have been made and it has been designed and optimmised, not just for aesthetics, but production, and – of course for sitting on! For example – Grcic Myto chair – what brilliant work! I would like to see the joints in the material and how ‘porosity’ has been achieved witout sacrificing the integrity of the structure and the joints.

    I imagine the real thing will be different to the images above.

  • edward

    Well if you feel you will be wasting your valuable time looking at concept renderings…don’t. That’s easy. Let others that enjoy seeing the initial ideas
    at this stage do so. In fact if there were a series of such renderings leading up to this one, that would be worthwhile too.

  • cpcp

    ok ok!
    i’m a mechanical engineer and I like well considered and properly designed proposals. I like to see the detailed stuff and the logic and research and development behind ideas – just as much as the creative stuff and the inpiration behind them etc etc.

    i’m keen to see the work behind the final production version – if it gets there.

    p.s. your ‘structural and functional expectations’ must be very low for this to satisfy them! mind you – so must dezeen’s for this to make the cut!!

  • edward

    “p.s. your ’structural and functional expectations’ must be very low for this to satisfy them! mind you – so must dezeen’s for this to make the cut!!”

    Be specific. Where is the structural weakness in the configuration of the chair? What about it would suggest it wouldn’t serve it purpose? Even if it was a prototype you couldn’t tell if it would collapse if you sat in it. Or be uncomfortable just from a picture. The impact of the porosity might take some empirical tests, but there is nothing to suggest it couldn’t be built very closes to the rendering. From your perspective one shouldn’t render an opinion without having sat in the chair and tested it to destruction.

  • tadao cern

    i would say no to this one

  • cpcp

    no i couldnt tell for sure without sitting in it myself – but a picture of someone would go some way to convince me!
    also – scaling issues – how big is this? those magasines in the storage look rather small (more like A5 books) – so a pic of someone sitting in it would help with that – even a photoshop cut and paste job over a rendering. ommitting this in a proposal is unforgivable in my mind.

    As for structural weakness, i’m more concerned with how the pieces join togther – the backrest portion does not appear to connect to the legs. without this the legs are not fully constrained and will be able to rotate on their joints with the seatbase. making an inherently unstable seat and placing a lot of stress on those joints (and on the bend in the legs) which only fix the legs in place – they act as axes if you like and dont stop the pieces rotating with respect to eachother.

    with respect to opinion – I like to see proof of concept, not just concept. proving a concept and making something that functions, looks good, and adds value is what i believe to be good design.

    i dont believe this does all three yet – as i said before – a premature posting.

    this has been fun edward, but i’m outta here…

  • edward

    “without this the legs are not fully constrained and will be able to rotate on their joints with the seatbase. making an inherently unstable seat and placing a lot of stress on those joints (and on the bend in the legs)”

    well, cpcp, you may be outta here, but in case you come back…

    Your analysis is faulty. The seat passing thru a total of 4 thickness of the side pieces will prevent movement in any direction if solidly affixed. It is true no hint is given as to how the back is fastened, but the seat alone will stabilize the chair. That’s why I said it meets structural expectations.

  • I think, polypropylene is too week material for this beautiful chair. It must be madden from metal. Aluminum, or lighter and stronger metal. The beautiful things like this must be expensive.