The piece is made of rotation-moulded plastic and is shaped to mimic the landscape of the film's setting in a digital world.
One-off prototypes hand-painted by Dror (above and below) are on show at Design Miami this week.
The following information is from Cappellini:
THE TRON CHAIR: SIT OFF THE GRID
CAPPELLINI AND WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE LAUNCH DROR BENSHETRIT’S LATEST DESIGN INSPIRED BY THE NEW DISNEY MOVIE TRON: LEGACY
‘Tron’ chair by Dror Benshetrit 2010
In Cappellini’s and Walt Disney Signature’s latest collaboration, the captivatingly imaginative world of Disney’s film TRON: Legacy has inspired designer Dror Benshetrit to create a uniquely original range of sculptural armchairs.
Paying homage to the Outlands terrain in TRON: Legacy, the chairs reflect a bleak and rugged panorama beyond the sleek and ordered lines of “The Grid”, which forms the central setting for the digital world of TRON. Raw data forms a jagged and angular landscape, serving as a muse for an armchair that is comprised of intersecting layers and textures of “digital” rock. Constructed out of 100% recycled roto-moulded plastic, with varying textural surfaces, the TRON Armchair invites you to “sit off the grid”.
To turn Dror’s design into a finished product, Cappellini has extensively developed the manufacture techniques involved to form the many irregular facets of the chair with a seamless finish, creating an imposing and monolithic shape. Entirely made of recycled plastic (linear polyethylene), the finished product provides excellent resistance to weathering. The rotational technique allows for large-scale production and the implementation of different textures and colours on the chair’s surface.
An aluminium mould is rotated in variable directions around both a primary and secondary axis. With two movements of rotation, the plastic materials are evenly distributed into a smooth and extremely durable shell structure.
“This collaboration is the premise for a joint Cappellini and Walt Disney Signature stylistic commitment that promises to become a new, interesting and exciting chapter in the history of contemporary design, combining Cappellini’s strong inclination for innovation with the magical creativity of Disney.” Giulio Cappellini, Art Director for Cappellini.
“Walt Disney and Cappellini both have a shared approach to design, creativity and collaboration that turns everyday products into functional works of art. Collaborating with a leading Italian design brand specialising in contemporary furnishings like Cappellini is another exciting step in continuing Walt Disney Signature’s philosophy on design and innovation.” Pamela Lifford, Executive Vice President, Fashion and Home, The Walt Disney Company.
The armchair will be manufactured for retail sale in a range of possible colourways, available from Spring 2011.