Meet Guiseppi Arezzi’s Manico armchair, a comfortable distant cousin of the director’s chair (with a passing resemblance to the butterfly chair, too). Arezzi says he dreamed up the framework seat 10 years ago for a competition in which Sicilian designers were asked to come up with a piece of furniture inspired by Sicily.
“I decided to tell the story of the transition from traditional agriculture—which used manual tools, such as hoes and rakes—to contemporary agriculture, which makes use of increasingly sophisticated machinery,” explains Arezzi. “The Manico armchair, built with the handles of tools that are no longer used, is now the new chair of the farmer who’s cooling off under an olive tree.” A decade later, the design is being produced for the first time in collaboration with French creative studio It’s Great Design. Take a look.
Photography by Natale Leontini, courtesy of It’s Great Design.