Alias open chair 080 Alias open table 065
James Irvine chooses stainless steel as his only material, enhancing its minimal characteristics, lightness and strength, for the new outdoor system Open System. The designer plays with the suppleness of this metal, moulding the soft and sinuous profile of the chairs, which are easy to stack and manage, and have comfortably wide seats. The shell is made from steel sheeting and the structure in tubular steel. Besides allowing the rain drain off, the bevelled holes on the chair seat and back create a texture of striking simplicity and decorative impact, which reappears in the tables. The latter, available in a round size,is made from steel sheeting. The entire system is specially treated for outdoor use and can be spray-painted in various colours.
(1958-2013) Born in London i, he graduated in 1984 at the Royal College of Art, London. From 1984 to 1992 he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio in Milan, designing industrial products under the direction of Michele De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. From 1993 to 1998 in parallel to his private studio, he was a partner of Sottsass Associati Milan and was responsible for the industrial design group. In 2007 he designed for Alias he outdoor collection open system.