If they were to ask us who our best friend and also who our most bitter enemy had been during the last few months of lockdown, the answer from many of us would be: a chair! The object to which we perhaps devoted least attention when furnishing our spaces, conscious that we would be spending most of the day away from home, and once at home, preferably snuggled up on a sofa or armchair if not in bed, even, has become the throne on which we have spent entire days. Working, studying, having lunch, having supper and playing. Basically, this neglected household object has had its revenge, and we have found ourselves having to face up to a not insignificant factor that we had previously taken for granted: the comfort of our chairs. We have realised that not all of them, even when excelling in terms of design, fashion and imagination, are actually very comfortable, or to put it technically, ergonomic. Actually, if we think about it, we’ve realised how crucial their versatility is in this “new normal”: chairs really do have to respond to an extraordinary variety of situations and needs, as well as supporting the shape, movements and different positions of our bodies.
So, conscious of the importance of these “by no means simple or banal” interior design objects, many brands have come up with new models or re-edited timeless icons for their catalogues over the last few months. The common thread is comfort and adaptability to a range of different situations.
As smooth as a stone, as delicate as a soft patch of moss, Arper has come up with Adell (design Lievore + Altherr Désile Park). Its organic, rounded and reassuring lines evoke a charming natural presence and it was, in fact, designed with sustainability very much in mind. The seat is made of 80% recycled and recyclable polypropylene, no glue has been used, the paint responds to precise environmental requirements and the chair can be totally disassembled for responsible disposal. Soft and lightweight, yet solid and substantial, this chair responds to a range of different needs and uses and provides a welcoming, comfortable refuge in a number of different contexts.