At the inception of every project, Antonioni clarifies his goals with a tagline that guides every subsequent step of the design process. In the case of Lightly Starched, Antonioni penned a challenge: “One shape that does it all.” From there, he began to explore materials. In order to achieve the crisp, folded edges that the chair is named for, Tessellate will be made of either aluminum, plastic or fiberglass.
“In working with and bending these thin materials,” says Antonioni, “I’ve become fascinated with the fact that whenever you bend a structure, you’re doing two things. First, you’re adding strength. But with that same bend, you’re also providing comfort.” In this case, Antonioni set out to manipulate the structure as minimally as possible, making good on the promise to produce a single shape that does everything a chair needs to do.
With that, the process of designing Tessellate has come to resemble a strategic game—as if Antonioni were a player who’s been allotted only a few moves to achieve an aesthetically beautiful, functional and affordable piece of furniture. The winner, then, is the design that uses the fewest moves to do so. Tessellate promises to be as playful as the process that drove it.
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