The Parabola Chair is an award-winning modern chair lauded for its innovative form derived from mathematical analysis and ergonomics.
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)
Colors: Onyx Black, Crimson Red, Aegean Blue, Lemon Chartreuse
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 – Exhibition
- Named “an instant classic” by Fast Company Magazine