TWIGA DINING CHAIR, 2018. PHOTOS BY AUGUSTIN OCHSENREITER
In 1987 the Architect Lina Bo Bardi, at the age of 73, created ‘Girafa’, an extraordinary modernist chair. We have always been fascinated by the primitive rigour and at the same time the genuine irony of its form, and a few years ago we decided to research and work on it.
In 2017, 30 years after Girafa’s release, we came up with Twiga, which reinterprets Lina’s archetype, focusing on three main objectives: 1. offer comfort through revised proportions: higher and curved seat, higher, inclined and enveloping backrest. 2. give stability: the wider seat and the inclined legs offer a good balance also when the user’s barycentre is not centred. 3. reverse the construction logic: a solid crossed frame supports the round seat so that it can be thinner and lighter. The front legs have been repositioned under the seat and three metal spacers visually suspend it from the structure.
The result is a robust frame with two thin wooden surfaces. Less primitive but still mystical and rich in archaic memory. For contemporary projects as well as for poetic and visionary twentieth-century interiors.
BRASILIAN TOURISM MINISTER BEDIN IN LINA BO BARDI’S GLASS HOUSE, 1988 AND LINA BO BARDI ALONG THE STAIRS OF THE SAME BUILDING IN 1952
TWIGA CHAIR IS MANUFACTURED ON REQUEST IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF WOOD,
FINISHES AND COLOURS. IT IS CAREFULLY HANDMADE IN ITALY