Daydreaming, reading or relaxing in a cozy chair is a traditional part of life. IO Chair was developed by Juan Ochoa at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI) and encourages its users to indulge in this personal time. Smooth, rounded corners give the furniture piece a comfortable feel while the two-toned wood adds warmth, thus welcoming the transcendence that one might experience when reflecting in this seat: “It is a chair for spending time with yourself, disconnecting and reconnecting” says designer, Juan Ochoa. The design’s name, IO Chair, draws upon the word “Io” which means “I” in Italian and underlines the intended individual experience to be found in the piece.
Each owner is meant to have the opportunity to develop a creative connection with the IO Chair. In the six-step assembly of the chair, one sees and feels its creation. Made from bent plywood and flat panels, it is easily assembled with just nine bolts. “The self-assembly system allows you to take part in the process of the construction of the chair. When you put the chair together, you create a deeper connection and ownership to your chair,” explains its designer. In spite of the self-assembly process, most often associated with mass-production, the piece maintains its artistic integrity. Adding another layer of signature identity, the chair will be crafted by an artisanal Tuscan fabricator. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by FIDI]