The Robo Chair by Luca Nichetto

February 11, 2010

Italian designer Luca Nichetto has created the Robo Chair for the Swedish manufacturer OFFECCT

Full description after the photos (including photos of the making of the prototype)….


The Robo Chair by Luca Nichetto

The concept of dismantlement provided the spark for Robo’s design, which found inspiration in the Icelandic singer Björk’s 1999 video for the song “All Is Full of Love” directed by Chris Cunningham in which the main protagonists are robots that take on human characteristics.

“I find the idea that a robot could become a living being really exciting, and so I imagined what would happen if the same principle were applied to the design of a chair. The goal was to create an object that respected the environment by playing with a design comprised of separate pieces so that the chair could be transported in a small box. My vision became reality when I translated the forms of a ‘humanized’ robot into a chair, placing particular emphasis on the shapes of the robot’s ‘limbs’. The project couldn’t have been called anything other than Robo” (Luca Nichetto).

Thanks to a structure comprised of separate parts that are assembled to create the whole – the seat, the seat back, and the legs – Robo is a truly unique chair whose easy assembly can be compared to that of a Meccano set. When shipped, the disassembled components of the chair fit in a box measuring only 50 x 50 x 20cm, a fact which reflects OFFECCT’s principles, for the company has always had a strong interest in environmentally friendly design. Even the choice of materials, from the plywood and acrylic felt made of recycled plastic bottles to the glue, further underscores the company’s desire to respect the environment.

Visit Luca Nichetto’s website – here.

Visit the OFFECCT website – here.

Photos by PETERFOTOGRAF and Nichetto&Partners