The futuristic Filinea armchair fuses natural and technological qualities.
It takes its cue from euphorbia tirucalli trees and is made of round, extremely slender steel bars. The plants are very common in the South of Italy and their intricately arrayed branches inspired a seemingly impossible design: intersecting geometric lines that create an armchair with an airy outline. The extremely light seat is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is made by expert hands from round steel bars that are just a few millimetres thick. It feels like you are floating in the air when you sit on the tangled yet tidy framework.
The path that Antonino Sciortino has followed is encapsulated by his output. He was born in Sicily and at just eight years old he learnt the art of blacksmithing in his brother’s workshop. Around the same time, he became a keen dancer and started taking lessons at a school in Palermo.
After a brilliant career as a dancer and choreographer, he opened a workshop in Milan in 2003. In his new artistic endeavours, he strives to fuse his two previous experiences by seeking out the ethereal lightness of dance in metalwork. Alongside his work as a craftsman/artist, he designs products for a number of Italian and international furniture companies.
Bearing witness to a journey through air and fire, his creations seem to change size and move whenever their positions and lighting conditions vary.
Antonino Sciortino was born in Palermo on 12/02/1962.
He now lives and works in Milan and Noto.