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Swedish designers Front presented the Gentle chair for Italian brand Porro at the Milan Furniture Fair 2012.
Reminiscent of the classic bentwood chair, Gentle is a simple looking piece that belies a more complex project. The chair features a soft black leather seat, with a matching flexible back comprised of a thick metal spring wrapped in leather. The chair’s front legs are crafted from a pale timber, which loop up and around the backrest to form arms.
The design explores ideas of contrast, with the shift in colour reflecting the change in material – from metal wrapped in soft, dark leather to pale, uncoated timber. The result is an elegant, contemporary and intriguing piece, with two different elements brought together to create a harmonious whole.
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