At the Milan Fair, Ondarreta presents a video that shows the collaboration with Dutch architect Ben van Berkel, from his studio in Amsterdam and featuring the San Sebastian landscape that surrounds the factory and provides inspiration for its production.
The founder of the celebrated international studio UNStudio is a lover of the curvilinear forms “so prevalent in the human body’’ and has taken this to impossible extremes in architecture. He has also challenged Ondarreta to make a unique chair based on wood curved in two directions, of different thicknesses, stackable, slightly hollowed out to make it light and at the same time very stable, ergonomic and sustainable. It is collection with a very complex construction that in the words of Ben van Berkel “has taken as much time to develop as one of our buildings. It is not easy to build a chair without resorting to metallic assemblies to support its structure ... We are delighted that this one is made respecting the essence of carpentry knowledge, which is of the highest standard where Ondarreta is concerned. “©IRIS HUMM
“We wanted a chair whose stability, lightness and ergonomics would provide a solution to our exercises in engineering, in which we do not shrink from the challenges of reproducing complex curvatures and promoting organicity in large projects. We wanted it to be sustainable and pure, with the type of design that allows us to think about the future while at the same time retaining the nobility of wood as a material and the accumulated experience of the past.” As a lover of landscapes, Japanese architecture and nature, his interest in obtaining a sustainable design was a priority. After a period of study and the maturing of this design, we now add the table, which being a result of the same philosophy avoids edges and exhibits an impeccable finish in the joints of the curved pieces.