Barber Osgerby for Knoll 02.04.15

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PilotChair Barber Osgerby HR 2

The design duo's Pilot chair, launching at Milan Furniture Fair this month, comprises just four main components, making it quick and easy to assemble

The British design duo have come up with a kit of parts in response to Knoll's request for a rotating lounge chair that could be made for a reasonable price.

Instead of the usual bulky shell, which makes this typology expensive to ship and store, the pair's design has a T-shaped aluminium casting, onto which the seat, back and armrests are attached. With just four main components for quick assembly, the economy of Barber Osgerby's response is impressive.

Pilot Chair Barber Osgerby HR 1 400

The design also shows the potential for updating classics made famous by companies such as Knoll in the 1950s to address the needs of the modern market.

"These days the boundaries between the home and commercial spaces have become obscured, so the chair has been designed to live in both environments with equal stature," the designers said.

On display at Milan Furniture Fair from 14 to 19 April 2015: Fairgrounds at Rho and Piazza Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli 2

Read our interview with Jay Osgerby and Ed Barber about their chair that is in use in Wilkinson Eyre's refurbished New Bodleian Library building, or watch our video interview with Osgerby from last year's Clerkenwell Design Week, where the duo launched a range of tiles for Domus, below



Riya Patel

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