De La Espada launches new collection
with a chair by Luca Nichetto

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Stockholm 2014: Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Portuguese furniture brand De La Espada have launched a lounge chair as the first product from a new collection.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

The Elysia chair is the debut piece from Luca Nichetto's 50/50 range for De La Espada.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

The frame of the chair consists of two parallel wooden legs that are joined by a wooden crib-like structure. This crib holds the padded upholstery and meets in two triangular points at the arms.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

"The skeleton, traditionally hidden inside the upholstery, is deliberately exposed to showcase the craftsmanship and premium timber," said Nichetto.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

The Danish-oiled frame is made of either American black walnut or European ash and the upholstery is available in a range of fabrics, covering the harder outer shell and soft padded cushions inside.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

"The project takes its name both from the concept of balancing skilfully hand-crafted wood with complementary materials at a ratio of 50/50," said Nichetto. "From the idea of designing a collection that creates a whole environment in the spirit of the great architects of the 1950s.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

The collection was launched during Stockholm Design Week, which took place last week.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

Nichetto also revealed ceiling-mounted office dividers for Offecct and a lamp shaped like a cheese fondue pot at this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair.

Elysia chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada

  • davvid

    These are beautiful.

    • mitate

      Then did you design them?

  • Joseph

    OK. Unfortunately from a structural point of view the timber rib isn’t really doing anything – so is superfluous to the story of structure. Also if craftsmenship is the showcase here then why is the upholstery so poor?

    Sorry to be negative – but I feel it’s a chair struggling for quality and clarity.

  • beatrice

    But the upholstery is all flabby and wrinkled.

  • Chris MacDonald

    If they could sort out the upholstery, it would be beautiful. Looks very comfortable.