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TOMMASO CALDERA

Mina is an XS chair that aims at the comfort of a normal sized seat, produced by internoitaliano. This is why and how it was designed. Text by Tommaso Caldera

Mina, which I designed for internoitaliano, was born of an observation. Mini chairs are useful: in bars and restaurants, for whom a few centimeters of space are very significant. But also for individuals, who often live in very small houses, especially in the cities.

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Against aesthetic sacrifices

But this genre often has a “narrow” aesthetic: small chairs look hardly friendly, the dimensional issue is resolved in a dry way and at the expense of comfort. With Mina we wanted to try to get a chair that entered that segment, bringing with it the details, the formal pleasantness and the comfort of the most comfortable chairs.

XS format vs comfort

To draw Mina we went backwards starting from the dimensional “cage” in which it should have been contained. This was defined by the maximum dimensions not to be exceeded and by the inclination between seat and back (which is fundamental for comfort). The elements that compose it were then reduced to a minimum and the great work was to make them talk and alternate between them trying to file the encumbrance to the millimeter. “Drowning” the backrest in the thickness of the leg, for example, has gained us a few centimeters able while maintaining the inclination, the design of the rear legs visually lightens the chair without stealing space.

Design and craftsmanship

Yet our purpose was also to communicate the typical added value of internoitaliano. And that is the combination of high quality design and craftsmanship. To catch it you need to look at the meeting point between the curved solid back and the back legs that support it. A junction that is not easy to solve: making the backrest stand in the thickness of the stem requires a non-indifferent design care.

Attention to detail

Furthermore, the profiles of the two elements are “chasing” each other without overlapping in the front view, instead softening in the rear. While for the legs we have chosen a softer U section than the drier and angular ones that are traditionally chosen for service chairs. It is a more complicated process but gives added value in terms of invitation to use and contact.

TOMMASO CALDERA, designer, 32. After working in the studios of Odoardo Fioravanti and Jonathan Olivares he opened his own practise in 2012. He deals with product design and artistic direction.

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