Spain’s Expormim recently asked Italian, Barcelona-based architect Benedetta Tagliabue to create a series of contemporary seats with rattan, a traditional typically artisanal material.
The Tina armchair is the first of them and will be showcased at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair. Says Expormim, “With an important technical complexity, the Tina armchair and bench has been a challenge both in its development and manufacturing. [Tagliabue] has designed the seats with a clear intention: to use the rattan tradition in order to create a sleek and sinuous design, working with the best craftsmen.”
Tagliabue is known for having developed several architectural projects using similar materials as the ones that inspired the Expormim collection, such as the Spanish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The Tina armchair is surprisingly lightweight and sinuous due to the features and comfort of its natural braiding.
“Wickerwork is a marvelous form of art, and an artisanal technique which is the same the world over. One can even say that wickerwork represents the first universal language of humankind: a language of hands. That is why we research about wicker and the weaving of natural materials in our design studio.” says Tagliabue, principal of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio, which she founded with Enric Miralles in 1991.