The year 2009 marks the beginning of the collaboration between the internationally renowned designer Karim Rashid and RIVA 1920.
A world preview of this collaboration will be shown at the Milan “Salone Internazionale del Mobile” where Karim Rashid and RIVA 1920 are presenting their first joint project: KAIRO, a chair in solid fragrant cedar-wood.
Reflecting on the experience of designing KAIRO, Karim Rashid says: “When I designed the KAIRO chair for RIVA 1920 I was guided by the woodworking process itself used to produce a piece of furniture from a simple block of wood, with the ’objective of removing the least quantity of wood possible from the trunk.
The unusual double-arc form cut into the chair draws its inspiration from my recent trip to Egypt where I was particularly struck by these lines that seem to conjure up an eye. A line that I found again and again in furniture, in the shape of certain boats carved by hand into the wood and in the symbolism of hieroglyphic writing of the ancient Egyptians”.
L 100 x W 72,7 x H 70 cm