15 July 2014
Rather than a static seat, Spun is a paean to movement. Created by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick for Magis, it seems to arise directly from the rotational molding of the polyethylene that generates its characteristic spinning-top shape. A single profile creates this piece of furniture in which mobility is not just the inspiration for the form and process, but also an invitation to dynamic use: each sitter is free to choose how to orient it, whether to stay still or take advantage of its playful propensity for rocking. Both indoors and out, this unconventional chair peoples the space with its sculptural presence, enlivened by the range of different colors in which it is available. Awarded the 2014 Compasso d’Oro, Spun recalls in some way the iconic character of the chairs created by the Radicals in the sixties, the ones which designed a new way of sitting instead of a formal variation on the same familiar object.