he latest chair designed by Francisco Gomez Paz and launched at the 2018 Salone del Mobile, Milan is so innovative to appear almost a utopian project., like a dream. In brief, this chair is a striking example of design with a capital “D”.
- What is it? Eutopia by Francisco Gomez Paz, a “revolutionary” chair.
- What’s special about it Francisco has made this chair without using any screws, glue or nails. This chair is so lightweight that three balloons could lift it up: 1800 g which means 100g more than the iconic Superleggera chair by Gio Ponti). What’s innovative, though, is that this chair is not a self-produced piece but rather the result of a carefully designed project to be manufactured with the latest technologies, including laser cutting, numerical control and 3D printing. However, everything - from the first sketches to final production - was conceived by the designer himself in his studio.
- How is it made? its base is made of 12 timber slats (6 mm thick). The legs are made of multi-plywood and have cross-shaped joints between legs and seat: the result is a sturdy yet lightweight object. Made of solid wood, it consists of only 10 components in total, including armrests, back and base. The chair is made of “Paulownia” wood, often called the aluminium of the woods, which has been on the increase in recent years: it grows on polluted soils where other trees would not survive, it is 30% lighter than other woods, plus it’s ultra-sturdy and sustainable. What’s more, its design has been stripped down to an ultimate ultra-light chair, 1800g only.
- Who is it by? Francisco Gomez Paz, internationally renowned Argentinian designer who, for this project, worked on his own far from the design industry – at home, in Argentina – in order to make his dream come true. He is an unconventional designer whose way of working brings to mind those ‘50s designers of times gone by. This innovative chair is proof that time – it took three years – is key to successful design.
- We have chosen it because… It was one of Francisco’s long-cherished dreams, the result of three years of experimentations in total freedom. Beautiful and innovative, it has no screws nor nails, but it uses instead a system of joints that makes it hardwearing, lightweight and sustainable. There’s no doubt that Design is part of its DNA.