Chair (foldable)


Plia (1967), Giancarlo Piretti

Giancarlo Piretti (1940) studied at the Instituto Statale d’ Arte in Bologna and worked as an interior designer for Castelli. During his twelve years with Castelli, he developed countless innovative furniture designs primarily in the field of seating.

In 1967, Piretti redefined the folding chair with his Plia design. The folding mechanism, a hinge consisting of three discs, is considered a stroke of genius. This system allows the chair to be folded up into a flat compact form barely five centimeters thick. The elegant combination of polished aluminum and transparent plastic makes the chair a cult object, displayed in the design department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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