Conversation Chair by Ana Linares
Ana Linares is a freshly graduated designer who went to Pratt in New York. But even though she is fresh out of school, she has a number of competent designs under her belt, the most exciting of which is the Conversation Chair. This chair is one of those pieces that is almost an instant classic simply because of its graphic and iconic posturing. It is a single sheet of either aluminum or steel which is cut into shape (I’m assuming cut with either a plasma cutter or high pressure water jet), bent to the specifications of the chair, and finished off with a gloriously decadent powder coat. Now, I must admit that I’ve seen tons of similar furniture such as this available for years such as the Blu Dot and the recent collection from Form Us With Love or even the amazing PikNik by Dirk Wynants. But Ana’s piece has transcended all of these by bringing the piece one step further an giving it social meaning. Her seat is a seat for two. A place for a conversation. And every move and turn the chair makes is there to reinforce its social contract with the users. I definitely see myself enjoying this chair not only for its beauty but for its use, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Linares has in store for us.