Technology from the car industry results in an innovative chair that recalls the elegance of Japanese origami
“The inspiration behind the Motek chair is a sheet of paper, which is flexible and lightweight by nature. In theory, a sheet of paper cannot bear weight, but the same sheet of paper takes on a new lease of life thanks to the Japanese art of origami, which, with a series of folds, creates forms and structures that are able to support weight.”
Luca Nichetto continues his collaboration with Cassina this year and designs a clean-cut chair for the home and office which draws on oriental inspiration. Motek is confirmation of Cassina’s experimental nature which recalls the brand’s history and also identifies its future thanks to partnerships with talented contemporary designers like Nichetto.
New production techniques for the design sector have been explored in the production of Motek resulting in fresh aesthetics and advanced performance. Thanks to the technology of pressure molding, a technique characteristic of the car manufacturing sector, a sheet of felt is folded to create a rigid body necessary for the chair to support weight, without losing the original lightness and beauty of the material. Just like a piece of Japanese origami.
Once removed from the mould Motek’s smooth body, with its simple geometric form and distinctive curved backrest, is ready to mount on the structure. The chair, available in two shades of grey felt, can also be upholstered in natural or black saddle leather to create an even more sleek design where attention to detail is highlighted in the stitching that defines the folds of the chair.
Body: two shades of grey felt, black or natural saddle leather.
Legs: natural ash-wood, ash-wood stained Canaletto walnut, polished metal, black varnished polished metal.
Structure: polished or painted black cast aluminium.
Material Tendencies: Luca Nichetto
While running offices in Venice and Stockholm, Luca Nichetto never forgets his roots, due not least to his deep respect for craftsmanship. With no sign of slowing down, the Venetian designer’s intention is to create objects that are connected with