As the architect for Dolce and Gabbana Stores, the Museum of Modern Literature in Germany and countless other projects, it's hard to find an architecture prize that David Chipperfield hasn't won. His most recent honor was the 2011 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, given in recognition of a lifetime of work, and approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen. He describes his Piana Chair (2011) as possessing a "visual expression that is indicative in its simplicity of the function and role of the item itself." (Translation: It's an awesome folding chair that looks like an awesome folding chair.) With no visible hardware, the three parts of the chair rotate around a single axis and the finely engineered mechanism is concealed within the chair. The Piana folds completely flat for stacking horizontally. Suitable for outdoor use. Made in Italy.
Fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene with anti-slip matte finish; polypropylene feet in colors to match chair.
A world-renowned British architect, Sir David Chipperfield applies values of intelligence, permanence and logic to his projects. He has firmly established himself in the middle ground between the other-worldly, over-the-top designs of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid and the dull, lifeless design of so much modern development. "I don't think architecture is radical," he told the Guardian in 2011. "How can something that takes years and costs millions be radical?"
After studying at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association of London, the architect worked under Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster before establishing his own practice in 1984. David Chipperfield Architects gained notoriety first in Japan, then in Continental Europe, where his signature modernist austerity was revered. He was knighted in 2004, but it took his native England a long time to acknowledge his genius. Major contracts in Japan, Germany and the Unites States came long before acclaimed projects like the galleries Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in his native country. He has continued to build his reputation with a wide assortment of notable buildings, including museums, retail spaces, hotels, office buildings and residences worldwide. Read more >