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Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

In an effort to calibrate the surfaces of his Parabola Chair to the human body, New-York-based designer, Carlo Aiello used mathematics and the strong structural characteristics of hyperbolic paraboloids. The result is a stunning seat that won a 2014 Red Dot Design Award.

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

The designer merged two paraboloids “into a single surface that serves as seating, backrest, and armrest supported by a lightweight frame.

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

The outcome is a highly sculptural chair seen as an open mesh that allows light and space to flow through — a porous visual statement.”

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

The chair is part of Aiello’s furniture brand ENSSO; established last year in Los Angeles. It is the result of a two-year-long research and development process.

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

The frame is made from stainless steel and is 35 inches wide, 40 inches long and 37 inches high. The seat height is 17 inches and features fabric cushions made from a combination of nylon and wool.

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

The cushions are evocative of traditional hand-woven textiles. They are optional and come in Aegean blue, onyx black, lemon chartreuse, and crimson red.

Furniture: Parabola chair inspired by mathematics

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