SPAGHETTI LIMITED EDITION by Alfredo Häberli
Alfredo Häberli celebrates the spaghetti chair, the iconic piece designed by Giandomenico Belotti for Alias in 1979. A Limited Edition of seven pieces will be on display in an itinerant exhibition opening in September 2015.
Alias presents “SPAGHETTI CHAIR by Giandomenico Belotti. LIMITED EDITION by Alfredo Häberli”.
Seven unique pieces, seven creative gestures through which the Argentine designer has interpreted the first chair designed for Alias, an item that has become a symbol in the history of design and is now part of the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums all over the world.
Characterised by its PVC threads, the spaghetti chair captured the fancy of Alfredo Häberli, who was left free to take it apart and put it back together again at his discretion, generating new different configurations.
So the back is extended to the point of becoming a celebration of the Mackintosh chair.
Broken down and deconstructed through a manipulation process, a variant with two adjacent seats comes to life.
A solid version of compact design features a very low seat, close to the ground.
Poetic is the version with a table built into the structure as an organic element.
The 2-metre high version is a strong, architectural presence.
Hyper-feminine is the proposal with a seat reduced to minimum size, while the version with a deeper seat seems to be changing into a bench.
"Ever since I met Renato Stauffacher, who lived in a house designed by Belotti, I’ve had a spaghetti chair.
During an Alias designers dinner, I had the pleasure of meeting Giandomenico.
I was impressed by the strength and independence of his works. Something that you will seldom find in products nowadays.
The spaghetti chair intrigued me right away.
Not only because of its being so light, so graphical and radical, pared down to the minimum.
Not only because of its being so comfortable and smart, but first and foremost because from the very start its proportions and materials spoke to me and communicated with me: when I was sitting on it or just standing in front of it, spaghetti talked with me.
And this happened from the very start.
When Renato Stauffacher told me about the anniversary of the chair, tens of images came to my mind at once, together with stories and anecdotes to do with the spaghetti chair.
I thought, if Giandomenico Belotti was able to design such an extreme chair before I even began to work as a designer, maybe these images that I’m seeing, this search for new interpretation could provide an occasion for joy.
In actual fact, it is a profound and respectful homage to an iconic chair and its designer, Giandomenico Belotti". -Alfredo Häberli, Designer
The itinerant exhibition will stop in several capital cities.
The first appointment, on the occasion of Brussels Design September 2015, will be at the CIVA Architectural Museum - International Centre for City, Architecture & Landscape, from 16th to 21st September.
Then the exhibition will move to Milan (on 22 September, at the Alias SHOP), then to Prague, Tokyo and Paris.