Designer Eugeni Quitlett describes his Tube chair for M114 as a story of the beauty and the beast. But to us it’s all beauty – and the best.
Barcelona-based furniture manufacturer M114 has collaborated with a who’s who of designers including Isamu Noguchi, Alvaro Siza and now Eugeni Quitlett who was awarded Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison&Objet.
Eugeni describes himself as a “Disoñador” – a Spanish contraction of designer and dreamer and his imagined future is gravity-free. This desire for fantasy and weightlessness can certainly be seen in the Tube chair, which is a masterful composition of playful lines and voids that are combined to create an elegant yet almost humorous silhouette.
As Eugeni describes in this video, the Tube chair is inspired by the story of The Beauty and the Beast – a mixture of poetry and industry; a combination of a feminine, sensual shape with heavy, strong structure. It is as if the chair has been drawn in the air and then rendered with continuous steel tubes.
Eugeni also likens the components of the chair to a mask from Picasso’s African period: the under surface of the seat has what could be eyes and eyelashes while the upside-down legs become horns. “It is also a game with the photos of Man Ray,” he says, referencing the Dada and Surrealist artist.
M114’s Tube collection includes a stackable chair, armchair, barstool and side table. It is available in six different colours, including white, black, chestnut brown, grey anthracite, olive green and blue grey, and made with a steel tube structure and polypropylene seat. Suitable for indoor and outdoor environments, it is resistant to weather and easy to maintain making it a perfect fit for hospitality projects and other public and private spaces.
Visit the KE-ZU showroom in Alexandria to see this beauty of a chair or view the collection online.