‘In the field of chairs, I don’t see what else is left to be invented’

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Italian architect Tobia Scarpa designed the Pigreco chair in 1959: it was his first furniture design, and he created upon finishing his architecture studies at the University of Venice. The chair is now reissued for the first time by Italian furniture manufacturer Tacchini, a family company whose catalogues include reissued...

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by the likes of Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Gianfranco Frattini and Umberto Riva.

Pigreco by Tobia Scarpa marks the debut of the designer’s works within the Tacchini collections. The new chair remains faithful to the original design, with new materials and finishes to fit within contemporary domestic spaces. The wooden structure is available in Canaletto walnut and ash wood. ‘I wanted to create a sense of space,’ says Scarpa of his original design for the Pigreco chair. He chose a triangle as the base of the chair for its ‘dynamic’ nature, and the shape can be found as the supporting structure under the seat. However, he notes, the triangle had an ‘integral defect’ and to ensure the chair’s stability, he played with the concept of a four-legged chair, experimenting with geometry to achieve a piece that consists in intersecting triangular and semi-circular shapes.

that offers structural strength to the chair. The low backrest is shaped in Scarpa’s words, like a big horn and the semi-circular seat is a flat cushion, upholstered in leather or textile. Share your email to receive our daily digest of inspiration, escapism and design stories from around the worldPlease keep me up to date with special offers and news from Wallpaper and other brands within the Future Plc Group.

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