The throne-like Picaro chair represents the struggle between social constraint and the inherent rebelliousness of human nature. Its polished steel base bespeaks stability, whereas its bead filled cushion moves, moulding perfectly to the body.
Manufacturer: Centro Studi Poltronova
About Nigel Coates
Though known primarily as an architect, whose buildings include Caffè Bongo in Tokyo and the National Centre for Popular Music is Sheffield, England, Nigel Coates has also designed furniture for years. He favors muted earth tones, organic surface detail, and curvilinear forms. Coates’s Picaro chair, manufactured by Centro Studi Poltronova of Florence, is representative of his aesthetic. Made of leather, wood, and stainless steel, the design combines architectural geometry and plush comfort. “By blending observation and wit with reason,” Coates says, “I want my work to generate a sense of the unexpected, and the seemingly spontaneous.”
British, b. 1949