Folio, the wraparound and flexible outdoor armchair

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Raffaello Galiotto has designed a new outdoor armchair for Nardi, which features a fiberglass resin shell as a unique and refined structural embrace reclining in two positions. 

The enveloping seat is one of the key topics of modern and contemporary design. There are many case studies that interpret this concept in different ways: from the Feltri armchair by Gaetano Pesce to the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen, the seat the chair can be a metaphor for maternal affection or an evocation of comfort and hospitality.

The curved resin shell, perforated with a checked pattern, is the element that characterises the Folio outdoor armchair, designed by Raffaello Galiotto for Nardi. The one presented by the Italian brand is a comfortable and sumptuous armchair, which envelops those who sit down thanks to the particular shape of the backrest, which continues in the seat. 

Folio is the final result of a process of experimentation that lasted over two years, in which the creative skills of the designer and the know-how of the brand meet.

Its precise curvature immediately recalls the skills of the great masters of modernity, such as the aforementioned Jacobsen or other Scandinavian designers with wood, or the Eames and Saarinen with plastic materials. But here plastic is no longer exploited just for its rigidity, but rather for its flexibility.

Raffaello Galiotto, Folio, Nardi
Raffaello Galiotto, Folio, Nardi

Another feature of the two-position seat is that it does not use joining or rotating elements for its movement, but simply exploits the characteristics of the material. A mini-mechanism, hidden in the lower part of the armrest, allows the sliding of the tie rods and therefore allows the two position changes in an intuitive way, with a smooth, unforced movement.

An internal cushion is match with the shell, which can be fixed to the seat with wide and practical straps. The cushions with removable covers are available in four fabrics suitable for outdoor use and different colours.

The Folio line also features the Poggio footrest, made with the same fiberglass resin and the same perforated checkered pattern of the shell. Finally, a rocking base is available, which can be purchased as an optional for the chair.

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