The Fan Chair

by Tobia Zambotti Iceland


Dimension LxWxH (cm): 45x45x74
Limited Editions Material : Metal, Recycled Plastic
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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.

The old stadium seats may have some scratches and the numbering (each seat has a number – see pictures) is random.


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Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 45 × 45 × 45 cm
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About the designer

Tobia Zambotti

Tobia Zambotti is 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 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 got an important media coverage from prestigious magazines all over the world such as Frame, Dezeen, Interior Design, Forbes, Elle Decor, Designboom and many more. Recent works include 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 and 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.

Curated by

Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.