Sitting pretty with Baleri Italia

The new KIN dining chair was inspired by the Japanese Kintsugi technique.

The KIN chair by Radice Orlandini design studio
Photos: Delfino Sisto Legnani, Marco Cappelletti

As part of first stage of the Baleri Italia’s relaunch under the art direction of Aldo Parisotto from P+F Architetti, the brand has asked international names and young designers to collaborate on their new projects. With Aldo Parisotto coordinating the whole process, each of the designers presented their own, individual take on the identity of the storied brand.

The KIN chair by Radice Orlandini designstudio takes inspiration from the Japanese Kintsugi technique, which tends to embrace the value of breakages rather than seeking to conceal them. It is a highly versatile product that is also perfect for the contract market. Reflecting the Japanese tradition, the designers have taken the different parts of the frame and put them together in an unprecedented visual solution that conveys a sense of seemingly unstable balance. The load-bearing structure is hidden from view and the deceptive contrast between the parts can be emphasized with different materials and finishes. One of the practical benefits of the irregular shape is the compact size of the armrests, which are able to provide sufficient support without being too bulky, so the chair can comfortably fit under a table.