The design arises from the in-depth knowledge of the potential of the material, its qualities and the characteristics that the designer gives shape to. This knowledge was applied to the series of furnishings in reinforced resin or, more in general, in plastics, of which the Gaudì armchair, designed in 1970, forms part. It is part of a set of items designed by Magistretti by exploiting the "resistance of shape", a way of giving rigidity to plastic materials through their geometric configuration, and a design concept already experimented in other projects ranging from the Selene chair to the Chimera lamp and the Stadio table. Pressed in a single block of GRP reinforced resin and produced in four colours - white, red, black and orange - the Gaudì armchair is not only characterised for its "resistance of shapes" but also for the durability of the material (listed as one of the mechanically resistant materials) which makes it also suitable for outdoor use.
GRP. White, dark brown, red, green, grey, orange
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M. T. Feraboli, Vico Magistretti, I maestri del Design, Milano, Il Sole 24 Ore 2011, pp./nn. 50-55
V. Pasca, Vico Magistretti. L'eleganza della ragione, Milano, Idea Books 1991, pp./nn. 74