Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch


Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

Milan 2011: Vienna designer Marco Dessí will present a collection of furniture made from folded and tubular steel in Milan next week.

Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

Called Dakar, the design for Italian brand Skitsch has a chair backrest made from one piece of sheet steel, curled round the tubular structure.
Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

Table legs are constructed in a similar way, while the edges of the chair seat and table top are folded to appear draped over their frames.

Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

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Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

The information below is from Dessí:


Marco Dessí’s new stackable aluminium chair Dakar is not just fun and ultra light, but also somewhat of a lesson in thoughtful construction. The design of the backrest which is made out of only one metal sheet demonstrates both, the stability and at the same time flexibility of the material when cleverly applied: Covering the tube metal legs of the chair like a dress, the bent metal sheet results in a backrest of grand stability, and still it gives way like a spring when you lean back. This all-metal chair is comfortable! And it comes in five well-selected colors or in combinations between these, thus leaving lots of room for individual taste.

Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

The choice of material makes Dakar a light but extremely durable piece of furniture suitable for outdoors just as much as indoors. Like other designs by Dessí, it creates the impression as if it could be taken apart into its basic components within seconds. His constructive approach once more reminds us of earlier and more transparent stages of mechanization while being totally contemporary.

Dakar by Marco Dessí for Skitsch

Manufacturer: Skitsch
Material: folded aluminium on tubular steel, powder coated

See also:


Basket by Marco Dessí
for Lobmeyr
Prater Chair by
Marco Dessí
Alpha Blast by
Marco Dessi

Posted on Monday April 4th 2011 at 4:32 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Oliver

    This chair looks EXACTLY like BarberOsgerby's 'Shell chair'…or is it just me!??
    See here:

  • RnD

    No its not you, a total copy, not sure how a designer could feel any dignity in such an act.

    • ROLF

      a total copy? your ridiculous RnD

  • polly

    thats a fair comment oliver

  • SARA

    thats not fair…the b&o chair have maybe the same formal approach but its not EXACTLY the same!This backrest is not split and glued but its ONE folded piece of metal!have you an idea ?
    good job marco !
    see you soon
    by the way this chair is stackable

  • olive

    hey haters ! It's OK to love this chair!!

  • Ynot

    I agree that its not an exact copy, Dessi's design has a Tolix / School chair feel the B&O chair doesn't

    @ SARA : B&O also did an Aluminium version in 2007 with the back in one piece.

    • SARA

      ok! but b&o aluminium version is die-cast ….

      • PopUpPopOut

        Really? It would e VERY expensive to cast all those flat, undrafted surfaces. I think it must be formed from sheet material

    • Ynot
  • alberto

    the backrest is stunning! perfect use of material properties…
    i love the rivets
    well done!

  • Crackerjack

    I'm getting pretty tired of all these posted copies. Has anybody any new ideas out there?

  • Charles

    Im sure Grete Jalk is furious about how similar both back details are to her iconic design. Wait, thats absurd!

  • dune

    the thing this it's two different chairs that are not resolved or put together well. the back rest is very much inspired or similar to B&O chair, but the rest of the chair is totally different, too different from the back rest. the legs seem very unfinished (maybe inferior) to the back rest.

    but crackerjack is the only one here who is right anyway.

  • Mike

    What do think about the table?

    • Ynot

      Don't change the subject Mike :)

  • hulk

    b&o shell chair is not in production…
    limited edition piece is expensive….
    this is a production piece .
    its strange that nobody here note the constructive approach of this chair and the many different solutions…

  • spiderman

    …by the way: Renderings!

  • Magdalena

    How many of us draw inspiration from the work of others, influencing our work, sometimes more than we know ourselves.
    Most of the negative comments are result of ignorance, when it comes down to specific knowledge of fabrication, for example the backrest being one folded sheet, playfully engaging the material in a way different way then the b&o chair, adding that it is much lighter and stack-able?
    This poor formalist approach of some of the Criticism above just shows the superficiality of some peoples access to design, which makes me real sad.
    Design is not all about newness, but also improvement of existing design issues, on this note:
    Well done Marco!

    • Rondi

      How is this an improvement on the b&O chair ?

      • Magdalena

        metal sheet not plywood, stackable, rivets, tubular steel..
        and ..a tribute to Grete Jalk.
        People, learn how to read design!

        • David

          Umm… I wouldn't called rivets and tubular steel and improvement.

          I also doubt it's lighter than plywood (BO did a metal version too). Also, look at that front edge it's going to be a killer on the legs.

          Personally I think that making a comparison between this chair and that of Grete Jalk is more of an insult than a tribute.

        • Rondi

          People say what they see and know.

          The judgement is passed within seconds.

          The chair has to talk for itself

  • PeeWeen

    For all the above who think its a copy, go get a life!
    There is two elements in this!!! The rest is drawn as inspiration of a great chair, to do something different: another great chair & table!!
    go haters- go hate yourselfs!

  • Magdalena

    How many of us draw inspiration from the work of others, influencing our work, sometimes more than we know ourselves.

  • Ced Lapa

    Great job!

    This is exactly what we need. Another chair. We have more chairs than people now, but that doesn't matter. Did I mention already we need more and more chairs?

    What would we do without designers making chairs? And what would designers do without chairs? Nothing. We have to keep making more and more chairs; and designers have to continue their focus on the art of sitting.

    Nothing else is more important to the design discipline than understanding more and more ways to sit and sit and sit… The 21st century seems pretty exciting already.