Isola by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini

During the semester of Spring 2013, we had to design an office space for a company of our choice (I will write a full article about the program once the semester is over). The last step was the furniture: we could either invent our own, modify an already existing one or use it as it is. One of my working ares consists of a informal environment, where informal meetings take place. I wanted to reflect that with the furniture. I decided that instead of seating the employees around a boring table, I would offer each one of them a confortable seat with a table attached to it. I did some research to look up existing projects, and I stumbled upon the beautiful work of Swedish designers Claesson Koivisto Rune.  They presented their project  at Maison & Objet in Paris, 2012. Called Isola, the design for Italian brand Tacchini features a wide asymmetrical shell so users can shuffle about and get comfortable in public places like hotel lobbys.

Front view

Back view
Side view

This is what the designers had to say:

Isola by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini

Isola by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini

Easy/work chair
“With your own private table built in to Isola’s organically-shaped and generous seat shell you can relax comfortably and find new ways to work and play!”
ISOLA is a new typology of armchair. A furniture design for today, where we are constantly connected to the internet via laptops, tablets, smartphones and other portable devices.
While using these devices in many public or semi-private situations, we noticed that seating postures change. People tend to lounge around, seeking unconventional positions and generally sitting in a more relaxed fashion.
As a response to this, we designed a wide and roomy seat-shell with a gently-organic shape lacking an obvious direction. Combined with an integrated, oval tabletop, Isola moves away from other more rigid solutions and encourages more open and intuitive use.
Of course, having the small table close at hand makes for a very practical place to rest your (analogue) book, glass of wine, or a bite to eat too.

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