9 December 2014
The 3130 chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1957, later renamed the Grand Prix, has never gone out of production. It is still up-to-date after almost 60 years because the technique used in its manufacture, bent plywood, is an efficient one, because it is perfectly ergonomic and because its design is graceful, allowing it to fit easily into any setting. A synthesis of practicality and function: the back adapts to the movement of the shoulders and, tapering lower down, reduces the amount of material required. At first the 3130 had wooden legs, but subsequently it was made with a metal base. The version with wooden legs has recently been reproduced in a limited edition of just nine pieces created by the designer Diego Grandi and the tattoo artist Pietro Sedda. The pair have decorated its surface with monochrome drawings that, like tattoos, allude to symbols and stories. The nine chairs were sold at auction, with the proceeds going to Dynamo Camp. Manufacturer: Republic of Fritz Hansen.