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Bandyopadhyay & Schillaci are presenting cantilever chair Indi at Pure Startup


Designer Boris Bandyopadhyay and architect Fabio Schillaci invented Indi chair in 2014. Its shape enables not only vertical movements while sitting but also horizontal swinging. This aim could be achieved by separating the seat from the backrest portion of the chair. Indi weights only about 4 kg and is a fresh approach to the classic cantilever chair as it was developed by Mart Stam in 1926.

The disconnection between the seat and the back rest enables the possibility to experiment with dynamic sitting postures where the lower back can make tiny moves. Bandyopadhyay and Schillaci question the traditional design principle and have started to imagine the chair not only according to the shape of the sitting posture but also to its dynamic sitting movements.

Indi can adapt to a variety of requirements and needs of the user. By customising the chair according to its body measurements the user influences the proportions of the design. Moreover, the user also has an impact on the DNA of the chair. The role of the designer changes who is no longer only responsible for an artefact but for the organisation of the whole scope of action for the user. Bandyopadhyay and Schillaci design furniture and the process of interaction such as an online configuration software as well as a biometric sitting machine which are about to serve as communication tools between the designer and the user.

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