FIONDA shares the same idea like some of the iconic classics that present themselves more casual then their solid mates.
A long line of chairs widely loved for their easy—going attitude like the BKF which is also known as Hardoy, Butterfly or Tripolina in Italy.
Their common concept and charm is a canvas sling suspended from a frame: the most simple construction and a surprisingly comfortable seating experience. It’s a chair in which our thoughts don’t have to carry any weight, they can feel free and travel.
No wonder that Jasper Morrison got his inspiration for Mattiazzi’s FIONDA when buying a camping chair in Japan. Being rather unsatisfied in regard to its comfortableness and aesthetic appearance, and being, however, interested in the language of camping furniture for the “lightness of structure and required efficiency in achieving something comfortable which fits well in today’s mood,” he decided to create a better version that would please him and be a contemporary update of the relaxed design.
— The frame needed a number of steps to perfect the joint but the result is light and strong, and can be stacked horizontally with the covers off.
There are two chair models, a dining chair and a lounge chair as well as a table. The chair features ash for indoor use or teak frame for outdoor use.
— It’s perfect for interiors which don’t need so much upholstery, and for the traveller who just got home and needs a rest! as Jasper Morrison suggests.
We can also see it perfectly well celebrating summer feelings on the balcony —at home or in hotels— or at the terrace of restaurants and cafés.
Just imagine FIONDA on the sea, at the harbor or a swimming pool, while you’re enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day — is there a more perfect example for an easy pleasure? Fionda is the proof that la dolce vita doesn’t need much.
Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959, and graduated in design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London and the Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies. in 1984 he studied at Berlins HDK on a scholarship. In 1986 he set up an office for design in London. His work was included in the Documenta 8 Exhibition in Kassel in 1987, for which he designed the Reuters News Centre. The following year he was invited to take part in “Sesign Werkstadt”, a part of the “Berlin, cultural city of Europe” program, where he exhibited “Some New Items for the House, part I” at the Daad Gallery.
He then began designing products for SCP in London, the german door handle producer FSB, the office furniture company Vitra, and the italian furniture producer Cappellini. In 1992 together with James Irvine, he organised Progetto Oggetto for Cappellini, a collection of household objects designed together with a group of young european designers. He also worked with Andreas Brandolini and Axel Kufus on a variety of installations, exhibition designs and town planning projects under the umbrella of utilism international.
Recent projects include the design of furniture for Tate Modern in London, “Luxmaster” for Flos, folding air-chair and low air—table for Magis; a monograph “Everything but the Walls” published by Lars Müller Publishers; a bench for the Roppongi Hills Development in Tokyo; ATM Desk System for Vitra, a line of kitchen appliances for Rowenta, Pots&Pans for Alessi and Asanitary and Brassware Range for Ideal Standard. In 2005, founding of Super Normal with Naoto Fukasawa. In june 2006, first Super Normal exhibition in Tokyo. Jasper Morrison ltd currently based in London and Paris.