Binta armchair by Philippe Bestenheider
for Moroso

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Milan 09: Binta, an Africa-inspired armchair by Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider, is part of the new Moroso collection unveiled at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this week.

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The chair's form is based on African wood carvings and the upholstery is based on Senegalese patchwork fabrics.

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Here's a statement from Bestenheider:

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BINTA ARMCHAIR

“Binta was inspired by Africa. Its sculptural shape evokes African wood carvings, but its polyurethane rubber forms are softer. Like a baobab tree, Binta anchors itself firmly to the ground with thick, trunk-like feet whose elegant forms bring to mind the weighty baobab.

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Its upholstery is a patchwork of Wax fabrics, the traditional textiles worn by African women. Contrasting patterns and colours emphasise the armchair’s shape, enveloping and moulding its silhouette.

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The brash, bright colour contrasts are in the tradition of African textiles and colour schemes; they conjure up the elegant tailoring of women’s clothes as if Binda were a Senegalese lady about to wear and enhance the hot colours of Africa”.

Philippe Bestenheider

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  • slater

    So this is an “armchair” right? So where do I rest my arms…. I like the form, but am not in love with the material.

  • http://www.winifredwikkeling.com/blog royal creme

    Quite nice adherence to African carvings and textiles. They set a wonderful mood even if I would hesitate making this part of my own style ethos.

  • http://www.trendsnow.net Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    african armchair… without arms

  • tanya telford – T

    i really like these, they look really cheerful, as long as the fabric feels ok, a couple are on my wish list.

  • concepto

    estupendos!! wowwwwww

  • trimtab21

    OMG!!!! the 1960′s are back!

  • http://www.ScottAllenCollection.com scott allen

    Fantastic!!
    Philippe Bestenheider’s work is fresh and innovative.
    I’m a fan, for sure!

  • http://samsaraboutique.blogspot.com samsara

    I am in love with the footing and how it resemble a tree trunk. I do wish more wood was present or shown to create a more organic effect.

  • http://www.orgone-design.com spasmody

    in the spirit of Tom’s Comapny. But even better in my opinion !

  • Michael Swanson

    I’m going to shut up. I’ve already made enough dumb remarks.