Gaston by Poliform

29 Apr 2011

It isn't the first time that I feature work from Vincent Van Duysen here. I'm a big admirer of the The Totem line that he created for Dutch design brand Pastoe. Today we are going to look at an armchair that he created for Italian brand Poliform.

Gaston, armchair by Poliform

Vincent Van Duysen

In case you aren't familiar with Vincent's work here is a small introduction. Vincent Van Duysen is a Belgian architect, furniture designer and more. He doesn't want things to be clear as to what he does, he wants to provoke infinite curiosity. He got his start as an assistant to Aldo Cibic in the legendary Milan studio of Ettore Sottsass. In 1990, he went on to establish his own studio in Antwerp, Belgium. A good way to get to know him is this complete monograph called, Vincent Van Duysen: Complete Works (Thames & Hudson).

Gaston

Gaston is an armchair that Vincent Van Duysen designed for Italian design brand Poliform in 2008. Gaston is a typical Belgian gentleman's name that was common many decades ago. Gaston is an elegant upholstered armchair with a striking pure design. The armchair ensures its relevance in a variety of interiors ranging from minimal to classic.

Technical characteristic & finishing

The armchair is available in both fabric and leather. The armchair structure in glossy painted metal black and white. Seat and back cushions in molded polyurethane foam with parts in polyurethane foam of different densities and feather. Pre-covering in cotton canvas. Final covering removable in fabric and not removable in leather. Armrest in the leather version are in the same leather as the cushions and in matching fabric in the fabric version.

Comments

  1. 1 Greet 01 May 2011

    While it may look stylish, it also looks really uncomfortable to me. The sitting surface is not flat so you probably fall backwards into it, but there isn’t a whole lot of support for the back.

    I’m really not a fan of all these fancy designs that lack practicality.

  2. 2 Veerle Pieters 04 May 2011

    @Greet

    While it may look stylish, it also looks really uncomfortable to me. The sitting surface is not flat so you probably fall backwards into it, but there isn’t a whole lot of support for the back.I’m really not a fan of all these fancy designs that lack practicality.

    You are too much assuming that this is just designed for the sake of design. From what I’ve seen from these products is that there is a long process of prototypes before the final one hits the market. They actually test these out so that problems are solved along the long process. That takes time and is part of the reason why it costs a pretty penny. If you get a chance test it out.