David Adjaye and Moroso 10.04.15

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In Milan next week, the architect is launching Double Zero, a luxurious dining chair that will be the forerunner to a whole series. For our current issue, we travelled to the Italian brand's factory in Udine to watch him put final touches to his design

David Adjaye is launching a formal dining chair for Moroso at Milan Furniture Fair next week – a design that will be the forerunner to a family of high stools and chairs.

Double Zero's tubular stainless-steel frame comprises two circles that support the back and seat, and a welded structure of arms and legs. The whole is given added rigidity by an angled footrest.

"With Double Zero, I felt that the beauty of lines and space, which were so important at the beginning of the 20th century, had disappeared in furniture design," Adjaye told Icon on a visit to the Moroso factory in Italy in February. "I'm trying to bring back that quality of balance and counterbalance, exploring what I call opaque and transparent systems."

Last year the architect designed a series of chairs for Knoll, and he spoke to Icon during the factory visit about the differences between architecture and furniture design. "There is this thought that somehow furniture is small architecture," he said. "It's not really, it's a different exercise, a much more specific exercise. What I really enjoy is that, with a building project, I'm starting with a loose frame and defining it through the process, but with furniture I usually have a precise inspirational form, and then try and make sense of it in the world."

Pick up a copy of our May issue, Studios – available now – for the full story behind David Adjaye's Double Zero chair and Icon's visit to the Moroso factory

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John Jervis and Debika Ray

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There is this thought that somehow furniture is small architecture It's not really, it's a different exercise

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