The latest chair, developed at FIDI in Florence, Italy is faintly inspired by the shape and lightness of the common household clothespin. The thin wood clamps of the clothespin, known as the ‘Molletta’ are reinterpreted as thin diagonal legs carved out of solid oak. The choice of using slender shapes with sharp angles was intended to make one “question the stability of the chair” say the designer Bar-Gil. The backrest is the most intriguing part of the Molletta Chair’s design “A detail consisting of two piercing holes at the top of the legs is the most logical place for bolts to be located, but instead voids were created to subvert the way one might think about the object and its structure while the actual joints are hidden from sight”. The idea to focus attention on the backrest comes from the fact that one views dinner table chairs mostly from the rear. “The paradoxical assembly implied in the design was influenced by the irony of the “Anti design” movement originating in Italy, which redefined the desire to reshape and design objects which express a social context, idea and not only an aesthetic function”, says Bar-Gil.
The unique design was conceived by Hagar Bar-Gil, a young Israeli who studied interior design in Tel Aviv before enrolling at the Florence Institute of Design International. During her time in the intensive, year-long Master of Interior Design program, her studies were guided by many talented architects and designers, including the distinguished professor Arch. Leonardo Rossano. Bar-Gil graduated from FIDI in May of 2016 and is currently designing and living in Tel Aviv. The MOLLETTA CHAIR will be produced as a limited edition release by the Florentine fabricator, SPINI INTERNI s.r.l.
About Arch Leonardo Rossano
Arch Leonardo Rossano currently teaches furniture design courses at the Florence Institute of Design International. His style has been described as fresh and innovative while using a variety of materials, everything from bent plywood to aluminium and steel. Since 1998 Rossano has worked as a professional designer with pieces manufactured by companies including TRUE Design, TMA and Lapalma.
About Florence Institute of Design International
FIDI is an international school of arts and design in Florence, Italy. It offers courses in Bachelors and Masters in interior design, graphic design and furniture. For more information visit www.florence-institute.com