“The Fan Chair” by Tobia Zambotti – New life for an 80s staple

Tobia Zambotti is the founder & design director of Atelier Tobia Zambotti.

After his B.A in Architecture at IUAV (Venice) and M.A in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano (Milan), Tobia moved to Shanghai to work with the Alberto Caiola Studio, an award winning firm specialized in interiors. ​At the beginning of 2019, Tobia decided to leave the chaotic and polluted Chinese city for an opposite lifestyle in Reykjavik where he founded Atelier Tobia Zambotti, a sustainable and future-oriented multidisciplinary design studio. Tobia’s projects have received media coverage from prestigious magazines all around the world such as Frame, Dezeen, Interior Design, Forbes, Elle Decor, Designboom and many more.

Recent works include the “Perlan Ice Cream Parlour” – an immersive abstract ice cave located in the biggest museum in Iceland; “The Fan Chair” – a chair collection that gives a new life to discarded stadium seats; “Couch-19” – an iceberg-inspired modular pouf stuffed with disposable masks collected from the streets; and “Coat-19” – the puffer jacket filled with single-use masks that wants to highlight the absurd pandemic-related pollution.

Considering the urgent environmental issues society has to face, it is time for designers to come up with sustainable solutions that aim for a circular economy. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could contribute to an economic model with closed loops, where we can give a new life to products and materials, especially the ones that are not usually recyclable?

An alarmingly high percentage — 79% — of plastic waste around the world is either not recyclable or recycled, accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as trash.

Pursuing this environmentally friendly goal, “The Fan Chair” collection gives a new life to discarded plastic seats from the “Laugardalsvöllur” football stadium on one hand and, on the other, brings the adrenaline and vibrant colors of the stadiums of the 80’s into an indoor setting.

“The Fan Chair” adopts a playful character utilizing vintage plastic seats and brightly colored steel legs. They enjoy a simple, yet strong visual presence that makes them ideal for informal, vintage-pop, and bizarre environments.

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