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Armchair Piper 161, design Rodolfo Dordoni, Roda.

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ollections are like big families. They grow, evolve and generally do not change their personalities very much over the years. At times, however, new elements are able to shuffle the cards and, by changing a detail or meaningful characteristic, all of a sudden a whole new range of possibilities and alternatives open up. This is what has happened to a project that is used to living outdoors, one made by a prestigious 100% outdoor company, which with the introduction a different material, knocks on the front door to calmly find its way into the dining room. We went to take look up close to find out what happened.

  • What it is  Piper 161 is the new outdoor dining armchair that completes a collection presented by Roda in 2017 for the outdoor living room.
  • What makes it special  The Piper 161 armchair is a product of a collection for the outdoors made with a painted aluminum frame and special, customizable colored belts wrapped on the backrest structure. The innovation that transforms this graceful garden chair into décor fit for the home living room is the introduction of a light teak structure that substitutes the original’s aluminum frame.
  • How it is made  Piper 161 is a stackable armchair with armrests. Its softly rounded teak structure with a satin finish takes its form from the aluminum structure. The backrest is made of polyester (PES) or acrylic belts in various colors, while the seat is available in teak for a harmonious effect or a polyurethane resin to highlight a mix of materials. For both solutions a cushion made in Roda’s outdoor fabrics is available with a locking pin.
  • Whose idea it is  The Piper collection is a project by Rodolfo Dordoni, the experienced Milanese architect, designer and art director who was born in 1954. In 1979, just after graduating, he became the art director of Artemide and Cappellini (1979-1989), and later would do the same at Fontana Arte and Foscarini. Since 1998 he has been the head of design at Minotti and since 2006 at Roda—the brands for which he designs numerous collections by focusing on product identity and strategies as well. Alongside his designs for the furniture and lighting sector’s most prestigious companies, he develops architectonic projects with Dordoni Architetti, founded in 2005 in association with Alessandro Acerbi and Luca Zaniboni. Their work ranges from private and commercial interiors to residential and industrial buildings in Italy and abroad.
  • We chose it because…  With the light elegance of its design and a pleasant combination of natural materials and innovative fibers, Piper 161 creates the right mix between the sophisticated style and the informal atmosphere that makes our most joyous moments special in the home, on the terrace or in the garden.



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