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Time armchair, design Alfredo Häberli 2019, Alias. Photo Beppe Brancato, Courtesy Alias.

| Designbest editorial staff


hanks to its innovative material use, Time, the new armchair designed by Alfredo Häberli for Alias, is an absolute rule-breaker. Forget everything you know as regards to armchairs, whether it’s their structure, padding, seating or backrest, as here there’s one sole, slender sheet that is artfully cut and folded to create a shell for an extraordinarily ergonomic seat.

  • What is it  Time is Alias’ latest armchair.
  • What is special  Its extraordinary shell, flexible and durable at the same time, combines the ancient Japanese art of origami, the art of paper folding and an extremely innovative manufacturing process.
  • How is it made  The shell is made of an extremely thin, die-cut sheet, constructed in turn from a sandwich of wood and composites that are produced with cutting-edge techniques, borrowed from snowboard manufacture. The shell is supported by a thin steel frame, reduced to the bare minimum to guarantee stability. You have the option to add a seat cushion to increase your level of comfort, without altering the armchair’s precise ergonomics.
  • Who is it by  Time is designed by Alfredo Häberli, a Swiss designer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From his Zurich studio, Alfredo Häberli designs for the most renowned international brands, his collaboration with Alias began in 1997. His work is defined by expressiveness and emotional sensitivity as well as a constant search for a new contemporary language that combines and enhances tradition and innovation.
  • We have chosen it because…  The construction and extreme comfort of this piece are two qualities that never cease to amaze you. Flexible and sturdy, lightweight and strong, this thin sheet of folded wood wins you over for its simplicity and its lightness that is as refined as it’s pleasant.


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