Milan 2013: top-heavy chairs by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune are currently on show at Milan's Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Inspired by the block colours and simple shapes found in the work of American minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly, Claesson Koivisto Rune has upholstered the pair of padded Kelly chairs in vivid tones.
The rounded seat and back of the first chair appear to be formed from one section that is pinched at the place where they join.
A giant square back with rounded corners and a rectangular seat of the same width make up the larger chair.
Designed for Italian furniture brand Tacchini, both models have thin metal legs and bracing that look like they rest lightly against each other.
The legs of the bigger chair are stabilised with two crossed rods at the back, while the smaller seat has a single bar that spans beneath the seat to join the secondary struts on each side.
Tacchini is showing the furniture at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, stand C25 hall 16, until Sunday.
The Swedish designers are also presenting a kit-of-parts for a prefabricated Scandinavian house in Milan this week.
Claesson Koivisto Rune sent us the text below:
Kelly seating family
Inspiration does not follow straight lines. Only in hindsight does it appear logical. But one thing is true: Inspiration is inspirational.
One inspired artist is American Ellsworth Kelly. And that inspired us.
But it takes more to create inspired product design than an inspired Swedish designer. It takes two to play. This crazy, weird, childish, beautiful, wonderful play-doh-graphic universe is just the kind of inspiration that you can only develop into serious furniture together with an inspired manufacturer. And we’re so happy we’ve got Tacchini, the Italian friend willing to play.
It’s not art, it’s just design. But that’s what we do. With joy. Enjoy.