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'One Line Two Coils' by Ron Arad loops in material sustainability in chair design
'One Line Two Coils' armchair by Ron Arad
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'One Line Two Coils' by Ron Arad loops in material sustainability in chair design

Galleria Rossana Orlandi in Milan showcased a preview of British-Israeli industrial designer and artist, Ron Arad’s new 'One Line Two Coils' armchair made in recycled plastic.

by Ron Arad
Published on : Nov 23, 2023

Acclaimed UK-based designer Ron Arad presents the worldwide debut of his innovative project combining research, design, and environmental sustainability named 'One Line Two Coils.' The armchair made of recycled plastic evokes the essentiality of the gesture that generated the piece its title and its looping, expressive form. The chair was presented at an invitation-only event that took place on November 15, 2023, in Milan, unfolding within the spaces of Galleria Rossana Orlandi. Connecting live from London, the British designer shared the story behind his latest chair design, whose materiality honours a commitment to sustainable design.

“I have two ways for a new furniture design to emerge. Sometimes I have an idea for a new piece and I find myself thinking, 'what would be the best material for it? which is the most suitable process? the best technology to use?' or even, 'who would be the best artisan/ producer?' Other times it is the opposite. I come across new material, a great artisan, or an astonishing new technology, and find myself thinking, 'what can I do with these that cannot be done without them?" the product designer reveals.

For 'One Line Two Coils,' the celebrated British designer brought together state-of-the-art technology, curious scientists, and sweat-less robot artisans. The process started with sketching, conversations, and 3D modelling by Marcus from the studio while making sure the robot knew how to navigate the tight curved gaps. The product design's corduroy grooves vary subtly in thickness, to fit within the changing width of the coiled band.

"I like the feel of the material, the weight, and the strength of it—it has passed very strenuous compliance tests. I like the crudeness that suits my observation, that the more sophisticated the machine is, the less machine-like its product is. [...] it is comfortable and I enjoy watching people rocking on it. This is only the beginning of a very exciting journey,” the furniture designer shares. 

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