Giancarlo Piretti (b. 1940)
set of 4 Plia chairs
Chrome-plated tubular steel, transparent Cellidor
H: 75cm W: 47cm D: 48cm
Castelli, Bologna, Italy, 1969
The Plia folding and stacking chair is the best-known work of the Italian designer Giancarlo Piretti. When designing the Plia between 1967 and 1969, Piretti focused particularly on the folding mechanism. Instead of the usual six joints, he decided to concentrate the whole mechanism on two joints on either side of the seat. When the chair is folded, it becomes extremely flat in this position, only five centimetres. In an unfolded position several chairs can be stacked into one another.
The seat and backrest made of transparent Cellidor have screwed-on chrome-plated tubular steel edges.
Plia represents the realization of “democratic design” and it is nowadays exposed at the design sector of the MoMA in New York.
This chair is still in production today.