The beautifully crafted chair is king during Milan Design Week, and this year there will be plenty of imaginatively reinvented classics by the likes of De La Espada, Miniforms and Frag.
Matthew Hilton outdoes pretty much every designer who’s recently redesigned the Windsor chair, presenting no fewer than five riffs on the famous English archetype. His pieces, presented by De La Espada, are made in ash and walnut.
Another archetypical form – the wishbone chair – gets a slip of a seat in this model designed by Giopato & Coombes for Miniforms. Valerie is made entirely out of natural wood, with a seat that can be matte lacquered in different colours.
The warmth of wood, and its ability to provide a rustic accent on a dainty furnishing, animates Gordon Guillaumier‘s Ponza chair for Frag. Its rounded legs taper toward the base and complement the padded seat upholstered in white leather.
Part of the group show “New Wave, the new French domestic landscape,” this chair, whose name – Remember that thou shalt die – is design firm Pool‘s rock ‘n’ roll version of the ubiquitous plastic lawn chair.