The Parabola Chair is an award-winning chair lauded for its innovative form derived from mathematical analysis and ergonomics.
About this project
The Parabola Chair, conceived by award-winning designer Carlo Aiello for ENSSO, was born in 2013 after 2 years of research and development that included advanced digital design processes, countless models, and 15 full-scale prototypes. The goal was to create a new iconic chair, something radically new with a refined aesthetic and an easy fabrication process.
The design derived from the mathematical analysis of hyperbolic paraboloids and their strong structural characteristics of minimal surface thickness and long spans. The research focused on the potential of calibrating these surfaces to the human body. Two paraboloids merge into a single surface that serves as seating, backrest, and armrest supported by a lightweight frame. The outcome is a highly sculptural chair seen as an open mesh that allows light and space to flow through – a porous visual statement that blends with its surrounding.
MATERIALS AND SIZE
Fabricated in polsihed stainless steel, the Parabola Chair is ideal for indoors and outdoors and it is built to last and delight generations.
Frame: Stainless Steel Width = 35” (89cm)Length = 40” (102cm)Height = 37” (94cm)Seat Height= 17” (43cm)
Optional Fabric Cushions 57% Nylon, 43% Wool (Classic Boucle Fabric – evocative of traditional hand woven textiles) Color: Crimson Red
The Parabola Chair has received the highest industrial design honors including:
- 2014 RED DOT Award
- 2013 GOOD DESIGN Award
- 2013 ICFF Studio Award Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
- Permanent Collection San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design
- Named “an instant classic” by Fast Company Magazine
NEED YOUR HELP
The 2-year design process, fabrication of 15 prototypes, and worldwide design patents applications has been very costly. We need your help to develop the necessary tooling for commercial production; this includes the use of state of the art CNC machines, fiberglass molds for cushions, and traditional molds for the structural frame.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is to reach the funding goal necessary to start commercial production.
Through the 2-year design process we have established invaluable connections with top of the line steel fabricators, fiberglass fabricators, and upholsterers – all very excited to start production.
We have also defined a detailed budget and a 4-month delivery schedule from the end of this campaign to the final delivery of your chairs.
Our team leader is award-winning designer Carlo Aiello who graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York City and collaborated with world-renowned architectural firms including Asymptote Architecture and Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Carlo currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 kids, he also teaches architectural design at the University of Southern California.
We hope you believe in our project and its potential of becoming and iconic chair.