Natural Hide Chair

Natural Hide Chair designed to show its age

Italian design company Kristalia has launched its latest product, the Hide Chair 1085 Edition, in advance of this year’s Salone del Mobile. The natural hide chair was conceived by architecture and design studio Bartoli Design, based in Monza on the outskirts of Milan and founded in 1960 by Carlo Bartoli.

At a time in history when most of the industrial design world is following trends in anti-aging cosmetics and is trying to counteract even the healthy signs of ageing, Bartoli places the ageing process at the forefront of its design. Starting off with a clean canvas of natural leather from Presot, an 80 year-old Italian leather manufacturer, the user is encouraged to make their mark on what will eventually become a unique piece of furniture, inviting them to take control of the last stage of production process. Over time, its color, shape and texture will evolve, but the chair will be the expression of this transition, preserving its functionality and performance.
For this project, Bartoli Design drew upon Presot’s experience in the haute couture fashion industry (the bold stitching visibly connecting the leather seat to the lacquered steel frame) and upon the nautical sector, with its tie-rod device. This ensures that the tension, which would naturally be lost over the years and with the softening of the hide, remains strong. Lengths of metal that extend from the seat of the frame slot into four round European oak legs. These are finished with a ball tip to prevent scuffing on hard floors.

The Edition 1085 chair tells the story of those who make, produce and communicate design in Italy, and the successful outcome of a company that adapts to new standards of technology while retaining the authenticity of traditional craftsmanship. The chair will be exhibited, along with a preview of Kristalia’s other new products, at this year's Salone de Mobile in Hall 20, stand A05-B04, from 14th to 19th April in Milan.

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