When looking at the Pipo Chair by Alejandro Estrada for Piegatto, one might almost have trouble perceiving it as a man-made piece of design, and not a natural element. The way that the wooden surface integrates both armchairs and seat from the same material is so innate, and the curvature so natural, that the chair creates the illusion that it could be the primordial piece of product design ever created.
The designer’s idea was to create a piece from a single material “that opens in the outside and stretches in the center”. The surface is stripped so that light can penetrate through the openings, creating a wonderful play between lights and shadows.
The Pipo Chair is created from two sheets of plywood, cut into 29 main curved sections that are cut into either two or three pieces overlapped. Additionally, the wood is treated in order to be water resistant.