Gerhard Reichert, Heinrich Igleseder, Koray Malhan
Gala, who was the renowned muse of Paul Eluard and then Salvador Dali has now been the inspiration for this novel task chair design. The chair’s technically advanced details are all concealed behind Gala’s overtly feminine sensuality, and its form exudes a seductive charm from all views. With a plethora of innovative details and ergonomic solutions Gala is a novel task chair inspired from nature that brings a fresh taste to working and meeting zones in the contemporary office environment.
The most particular characteristic of the chair is the back frame. The form of the frame was developed through a study on the structure of living trees slowly defined through being weather-beaten by the strong winds prevalent along ocean coasts. The back structure of the Gala chair changes its shape and sectional direction in accordance with the applications of different body-weights and relative forces. Just as the trees in coastal regions have a different oval-shaped form due to a continual exposure to gales, the section of the supporting back frame also has an alternating section throughout its overall structure. Extraneous detail has been sculpted away by design so that an organic shape results.
The knitted fabric on the back frame supports the whole of the user’s back but also elevates Gala’s feminine look and organic aesthetic. The patented fabric mesh has a very unique structure and high resilience, providing perfect support in the lumbar region by adapting to the unique shape of the spine of the user. The self-protective structure of the special fabric, which avoids the expansion of any holes and punctures, even under pressure, also gives it a unique functional quality.
The back frame design of Gala allows for the choice of either black or white fabric at the rear to coordinate with frame colour, although the inner fabric is black as standard. The choice of the inner fabric, which is determined by the requirement of the lumbar support and tensile strength qualities, is available in other colours for larger orders. The outer fabric has a more decorative style with several texture options for larger orders.
A special fabric can be selected for the seat pan which has a unique texture with several layers that provide for optimum ventilation, providing a healthy alternative for regulating the changes to temperature and pressure caused by the daily sitting experience. Gala’s function levers are uniquely located in a visible plastic skirt surrounding the seat pan. Instead of searching for a set handles under a seat, the user can see and operate the mechanisms simply. This feature makes it much easier for the user to control the adjustments.
Gala is designed with two parallel attitudes; one looking inward and the other outward. The inner looking characteristic concerns ergonomic features and personal adaptation to the human body; the seat, the back and lumbar support, the use of buttons for mechanism control, and the back support with the mass-compensation synchro-balance mechanism which automatically adapts to each user’s weigh. The outward characteristic is a design that complements a diverse set of environments thanks to its organic but refined outlines.
Gala’s function levers are uniquely located in a visible plastic skirt surrounding the seat pan. Instead of searching for a set off handles under a seat, the user can see and operate the mechanisms simply. This feature makes it much easier for the user to control the adjustments.
Adjustable accessories are also available as adaptations to Gala; fixed armrests of original design, 2-D or 4-D adjustable armrests, or a headrest option, are available without any compromise to the integrity of the composition.
All the parts that form the skeleton of Gala are available in white; so the fixed armrest, chair adjustment mechanism and frame can be formed from white as well as black. The 5-star bases are presented in aluminium polished finishes as well as glass reinforced polyamide in black or optionally white finish. Another alternative presented by Gala is the specially designed castors that rotate around a hollow centre; these special wheels are only available for polished or white bases.
Designer: Heinrich Iglseder Koray Malhan Gerhard Reichert