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Frilly Chair, 2008
Kartell, Italy

Patricia Urquiola

Transparent or smooth batch-dyed polycarbonate

W 47 cm, H 78 cm, D 47 cm


The Frilly transparent polycarbonate chair designed by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell was born out of the idea of an industrial sculpture transformed into an alluring ergonomic form.

The undulating effect that runs throughout the entire structure gives the chair a soft light appearance, like pleated fabric, creating a sensual optical effect that evokes natural forms: a crystal-clear waterfall, a petrified lava flow, the iridescent wings of a butterfly or the effect of the wind on a grassy meadow.

The wide range of colors in which it is available reinforces parallels with the natural elements and gives it a further graceful touch.