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Limu Chairs

2007

‘Limu’ was designed for the Italian outdoor furniture company ‘Pircher’ in 2007. It consists of four wooden seats that can join to form a sculptural element when not in use, attempting to blend with the surrounding landscape.

It is an unusual project in that it is concerned not with the object’s usage but mostly with when it is not being used. The design is about the distinction between the artificial and the natural. How it is the ‘nature’ of human kind to leave a mark on the land which doesn’t appear to belong to nature.

The piece shows how attempting to design a form that integrates with its natural surroundings results in something apparently alien.

Limu is not only a chair you sit on or look at, it is also an object you move, turn over and play with and hence it engages the user at multiple physical and psychological levels.