Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi Entronauta Chair
  • Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi Entronauta Chair
  • Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi Entronauta Chair
  • Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi Entronauta Chair
  • Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi Entronauta Chair
Entronauta is a chair which besides having an original shape, is also manufactured through an exceptional and innovative process. A closed fabric bag, which simulates the shape of a chair, becomes the bearing structure thanks to a stiffening process the fabric goes through after being adequately soaked in polyurethane. The material is injected inside the bag and after the inlet hole is closed, it is rotated on a specific machine, where, thanks to a centrifugal force, the polyurethane sticks to the inside walls of the fabric making it solid.

The fabric, soft by nature, becomes structural, a bearing structure. Furthermore, while the bag is the same for every chair which is made through a simple sewing process made up of cuts and seams, the final result is different, and no chair is the same. It is practically impossible to create a chair that has the same shape of the previous one. So every chair has its unique base structure. The experiment of an elementary principle such as the one on the egg shell - mentioned by designer Blumer to explain the idea of an apparently fragile structure which carries a large weight - pushed Desalto to study and design a machine that could create the final product.

The senses are magically deceived: when you look at Entronauta it seems soft, but when you touch it is as hard as a rock. It looks full and heavy but it is empty and light. This surprises the observer who thinks he is really looking at something unusual.

The process, patented by Desalto, which generates this extraordinary chair is an integral part of the project which - as the futuristic name Entronauta recalls – stems from the journey of a material that, as for an astronaut, travels inside a dark and closed universe, until it smashes against its walls, as the lead character in the Truman Show. And it simply stops there.

Design:
Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi

Manufacturer:
Desalto