In the 1950s, homeowners loved the perfectly formed shell that was saturated with inconsistent striations, making it a look and silhouette that found its way into countless homes, offices, and commercial spaces. Soon after though, the material quickly became less popular, mainly due to concerns related to unsafe and environmentally irresponsible production. However, one of Italy’s most prolific young designers has taken a dive into the world of fiberglass and has introduced a chair that implements a thoroughly modern way of presenting the classic material.
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At the Shanghai Festival of Design: Commune, Luca Nichetto introduced the Stella Armchair that he designed for De La Espada. Combining fiberglass with solid hardwoods and sleek upholstery, the chair brings together a combination of materials that’s not normally considered. The result is an edgy silhouette that doesn’t hide the fiberglass, but emphasizes it by making it clearly visible as the main support. Nichetto incorporated upholstery and a graphic wooden support to introduce a whole new level of comfort and luxury.
What we appreciate most about Nichetto is the way he fearlessly plays with classic forms, while always incorporating a modern and adventurous twist that’s filled with personality. No piece can be called "ordinary" and his line with De La Espada continues to evolve with each new introduction.
To see an example of how Nichetto’s creative studio has taken a meticulous yet playful approach to their work, take a moment to check out the "Nichetto Colour System." With an example shown directly below, the Nichetto team has come up with an approach to color that they believe holds a timeless and global connection in which they strive to incorporate into their designs. The whole idea came from a scientific experiment where photographer and visual artist Massimo Gardone took a deep dive into the scientific nature of flowers, leaves, herbs, and other natural elements. Nichetto and his colleagues then created various palettes by interpreting the findings into their own design language.
As part of the same launch, Nichetto also came out with a few other standout pieces including the Marlon Rectangular Table, which stands in perfect harmony with the Stella Armchair. The table combines a solid hardwood frame with a top and legs that are made out of marble. Starting with four marble segments, the table is stitched together into one surface, while leaving the wood to show at the intersecting points.