FPE Chair by Kartell Set of 2 designed by Ron Arad
It stands for "Fantastic Plastic Elastic" (in case you were wondering). Primary characteristic is its formal effect: soft and sinuous, colorful and seductive. It's fantastic because of its exclusive technology which allows for a robust but elastic structure by fixing a single piece of curved plastic onto two parallel aluminum tubes. The body is grafted onto the supporting aluminum structure, giving the chair both resistance and flexibility as well as lightness and practicality. The FPE Chair is available in 3 colors: white, blue, and red. It can be conveniently stacked eight high and brings character to any space, indoors or out.
Dimensions: 31.5" h x 16.5" w x 20.75" d Seat height: 18.13" 8.25 lbs.
Ron Arad Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, Ron Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art from 1971 - 1973, before moving to London, where he studied at the Architectural Association from 1974 - 1979. In 1994, he established the 'Ron Arad Studio', design and production unit in Como, Italy. His London studio has increasingly produced individual pieces made of sheet steel, and he always mischievously exploits their formal and functional possibilities to the fullest. The sculptural forms often have an unexpected impact which first emerges during use, and are just as much a result of graphic design as the experimental work that goes on in the workshop. Arad's work has been widely featured in many design/architectural books and magazines world-wide. He has exhibited at many major museums and galleries throughout the world and his work is in many public collections including, among others, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The Vitra Design Museum, Germany.
Creativity and technology, glamour and functionality, quality and innovation: a combination of extraordinary factors together with a strategic vision of distribution has contributed to the lasting success of Kartell. By cultural and entrepreneurial choice, since its origins in 1949 the Italian manufacturer has chosen to characterize itself as the market leader in the production of designer articles which use technology and plastic materials. This choice requires a great understanding of materials and transformation technology. A leader in furniture design, Kartell addresses an international audience with a collection unique in originality, variety, size, and range.