For inspiration for the future, where better to look than the past? For
Fortunately, the designers’ interest in merging heritage and contemporary design was complemented by Expormim’s drive to reimagine historical craftsmanship for a new context. It’s a sentiment echoed by Alberto Ales, Product Manager at the Expormim Design Department: “The Lapala chair had it all – a very high traditional craftsmanship, but at the same time masterfully resolved in an industrial way,” says Ales. “A simple, modest and humble chair, which had aged very well. The chair matched our philosophy very well. At that time, Expormim was on the way to recovering all its ‘know how,’ going back to the roots of working in rattan furniture with the help of architects and designers such as
The result spoke for itself — Lapala became an understated icon. And in 2015, the design was rescued from the archives, with a new outdoor edition introduced. Nautical rope and stainless ensured an exceptionally durable design, translating the streamlined aesthetic into a new range of uses. And this year — which also marks the
A precisely contoured metal frame meets the rattan’s soft, gentle curves, which are crafted with meticulous precision. For every chair, eight hours are required to weave the shell, using only the highest quality, sustainably sourced natural wicker. Simple yet sophisticated, it is a design that allows the material to express its quality. “It is wonderful in itself, breathable, structured and has a unique colour that cannot be compared to a textile material,” says Jeannette Altherr.
And while the light yet highly durable wicker seat exemplifies the sustainable potential of natural materials, the design itself is a testament to enduring quality. “The main vindication of the sustainable qualities of Lapala is the timelessness of the design,” says Molina. “Its handmade nature contributes greatly to enhancing this timelessness.” Here’s to the next 25 years — and then some.
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