2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Inspiration often comes from the most unexpected places and that is exactly where mine came from. I was in my room playing Super Mario and a fly came buzzing in through my window. This particular fly somehow reminded me of a firefly, a mysterious and popular insect in the village I was born in in Italy. Where I come from, the firefly is considered a fascinating insect that can glow in the dark and use its bioluminescence to attract a mate or a prey. The image of its glowing bottom created in my mind the association with a glowing lamp. As I kept on playing, Mario hit a mushroom and his bottom instantly turned into one of a bee. It occurred to me that I could flip the lamp on its bottom to get the design of an interesting looking chair.
The Lucciola (ˈluttʃola = ‘firefly’ in Italian) is a highly fashionable chair designed by following the organic lines of a firefly. It offers an original and clean design idea with surprising functionality. With its three legs instead of four, it makes not only for contemporary design but also for sturdy furniture as three legs are considered to be more stable than four. One explanation for why this is the case is that three legs allow for an equal distribution of weight. Another explanation is mathematical as three distinct points define a plane. Any additional point that is added to the plane makes it harder for the plane to remain stable. A good example of a stable three-legged device is a photo camera tripod. The chair is also equipped with two oval side holes for an easy grip.
The light on the chair’s bottom turns on whenever somebody sits on it and turns off whenever they get up. This feature makes it a spectacular visual experience, but also an interactive and perhaps bonding one too. The chair can be used as a special illuminating device in indoor spaces such as bars, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls or shops. It also works beautifully in outdoor spaces such as gardens or terraces or on a scenic beach setting. In a media saturated society, it takes a lot for people to care. It takes even more for people to be wowed. This was my goal.
I took an idea from nature and merged it with an everyday object to obtain not only a beautiful object, but also a memorable interactive experience – my Lucciola chair.
1. High-performance biodegradable polymer (PHA) used for the body structure;
2. 100% recyclable white opal methacrylate for the diffuser;
3. Polymer foam covered with Bio Couture leather for the pillow;
4. I/O switch located under the seat with a 3w LED light, which is powered by rechargeable batteries.