Victoria and Albert, armchair
by Ron Arad, 2000

Infinity revealed from a curved perspective

A continuous flow of curving lines, an image-form drawn without ever lifting the pencil off the paper. Originally a ‘doughnut’ which provided inspiration for a sculpture: squashed, and reworked, using irony to go beyond the usual approach to industrial design. Then the piece itself: the padding and sewn-to-measure upholstery over an inner fibreglass frame reveal the interaction between the technical and expressive merits of the design. Its never-ending lines are sensitive but strong, perfect consonance between surface and form, body and skin. The fabric reaches out into the space around it magnifying and reinforcing the materiality of the piece yet without interrupting or overpowering its fluidity.

Flame-retardant injected polyurethane foam over steel frame. Glides in transparent PVC. Swivel base for small armchair code 0V8 is steel with black powder coat finish. All covers are removable with the exception of the armchair code 001 and leather versions.