Artist/Designer: Patricia Urquiola
b. 1961, Oviedo, Spain
Title: Seriti Chair (Prototype), 2010
Medium: Panga Panga wood, leather, copper and merino wool
Dimensions: 39.5" h x 27,5" x 36", Seat Height: 14.5"
Manufacturer: Mabeo Furniture. Made in Botswana.
Details: This example is the original prototype shipped to NewYork City for an exhibition of Patricia Urquiola's work at the Moroso showroom. The frame is made of Panga Panga wood, an African hardwood, and a close relative of the more familiar Wenge. The back is created with leather cord in a macrame pattern, using copper beads derived from copper pipe cut offs to hold the leather in place. The cushions are also prototypes woven out of Merino wool, by a native women's weaving group started by a Swedish couple in the 1970's in Botswana.
Notes from the Archive: "Seriti" translates to "regal" in Setswana. It is inspired by traditional wood chairs in Africa made of only two parts - a back and a seat. The design for this chair came about after a discussion between international designer Patricia Urquiola and Peter Mabeo of Mabeo Furniture in Botswana. They wanted to re-visit traditional African furniture and reinterpret it in a contemporary way. They found it interesting to produce this collaboration in Africa instead of African craft inspiring design and art externally as it has over the past decades. Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, has been named Designer of the Year and is known for her extraordinary designs for major manufacturers including Mororo, B&B Italia, Cassina, Molten, Flos and De Padova. Her work is widely esteemed by international museums and collectors alike.
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