Peach easy chair is the first member of Annabella's ongoing seating series, the Crosses.
The motivation for designing this collection was to try a new mechanical joint solution that allows a new approach to shaping the comfort foam. Originally, in the upholstery furniture industry the comfort foam is shaped by cutting or casting it: the first results in a lot of waste and has limits of shape, and the second is extremely expensive and thus only suitable for high-volume production.
The new joint solution's point is that we have some external tools (metal elements are produced by additive technology) that distort and press the foam to reach its final shape. This method reduces waste and makes a mechanical connection among the components instead of gluing.
The idea is the analogy of the traditional "tufting" technique - just the foam is distorted along lines and more complex forms instead of points.
During the design process, Annabella analyzed the original nature of a chair. In her previous works, she declared that a piece of furniture is a kind of "bridge" between the human and the space - and perhaps the chair is the best example of this statement. The seat (shell) of the chair is to include the human body - thus it should have an organic shape - and the legs connect this organic form with the space, the architecture - and they have a statical function. In the case of her chair, she was wondering about the different kinds of scales between the furniture and the human - she thought her chair can include different scaled disciplines - since it is upholstered, it includes some kind of textile designer approach (which is even more dependent of the human body) and through her metal element solution, she decided that she would like to make it as detailed as a piece of jewelry. Annabella was looking for analogies in these different kinds of creative fields: jewelry design, textile design, furniture design, and architecture. She was looking for solutions for the relation between a soft and a hard phenomenon - like metal ear cuffs and human ear, or like zippers and drapery. But one of her most important realizations was that her idea can be similar to the wall tie bars used in architecture (those iron elements have a statical function and keep the walls vertical). Consequently, she decided to use these metal elements not just to distort the foam, but to "tension" the chair's shell to the metal legs - thus they create the connection between them.
The reason why she calls the series "Crosses" is this solution crosses these different fields between human and space, these elements go through the chair's shell, and because of their shape.
On the other hand, after Annabella came up with the idea of this innovative tufting technique, she realized that from an emotional point of view, this tensioning gesture expresses the feeling of anxiety. Anxiety is the most determinative emotion in her life related to the last (at least) 1,5 years.
After Annabella realized these chairs are also about anxiety, she decided to stand up for this statement - and she truly believes that not everything has to be about "well-being" even if it is a piece of furniture.
In the course of the 6-month long development, she strived to use the most sustainable method and technology for each element of the chair. The tufting steel metal parts are 3D printed ones (for the prototype). In the case of the black legs, the metal was room temperature browned and oiled (Rubio Monocoat) - instead of powder coating - because it is more sustainable and has a more sensual (keeping the metal's original characteristics) result. The stainless steel configuration's surface treatment was different kinds of abrasive technologies. The waffle structured fabric is a cradle-to-cradle certificated JAB Anstoetz Climatex product, with a high Martindale value. The leather is from Sweden by ElmoLeather, and the brown one is a beautiful, flexible, and super soft Kvadrat fabric. Both of these Scandinavian brands have an ongoing transparent sustainability strategy that is available on their website.
The Peach's fluffy and juicy character evokes the early '70s Italian design - Sesann, Soriana, Camaleonda - but in a more modern, cloudy, and airy way.
Furniture design and renders: Annabella Hevesi - Line and Round
Development: Annabella Hevesi, Gábor Bella - Line and Round
Upholsterer partner: Kárpitos Partner Group Bt. - Richárd Apró, Kriszta Oláh, Csaba Jónás
Metalwork: IronDesign Kft.
Metal 3D printing: Materialise
Waffle fabric: JAB Anstoetz KG - Climatex
Brown fabric: Kvadrat textile
Oil finish: Rubio Monocoat
Room temperature browning: Rowa Chemicals Kft.
Blasting: Profett Kft.
Metal spinning: BER-TIB Bt.
Photographers: Milán Rácmolnár, Kata Balogh, Annabella Hevesi
Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency