Talma three quarters front view
Talma model
Talma chairs from side and back
Decontruction of Talma
Talma detail side
Talma opening front detail
Talma backrest detail
Talma top view
Talma front view
Talma stretching Innofa material

‘Talma’ is a compact new lounge chair launching at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2013. The project is a result of a close collaboration between Benjamin Hubert and Italian brand Moroso.

‘Talma’ named after a type of cloak describes the chairs construction with a softly padded textile wrapped around a lightweight metal framework, mirroring the way a cloak would wrap the body.

The chair stems from the studio’s ‘Materials driven, process led, industrial design approach’ and research into the traditional construction of upholstered chairs with a view to reducing the material, weight and cost of this typology of product.

‘Talma’ utilises a CNC shaped steel framework to describe the shape of the chair with integrated upholstery straps for support. The framework is wrapped with a custom made textile in collaboration with Innofa with integrated padding. The cover is secured with a series of zips and two fastenings at the front of the chair.

This combination of metal frame and padded textile allows the chair to use a minimal amount of polyurethane foam (a conventional armchair would be covered almost entirely with it) – therefore reducing the carbon footprint of the product.

CNC formed steel frame
Innofa textile
Moulded Polyurethane foam