Our friends at KiBiSi recently sent us the 'scoop' on their latest project, a chair for their fellow Danes at Globe Zero 4. Taking its name from the construction vehicle, the Scoop features an "innovative gyroscope-like suspension system conveys a feeling of being carried—a free suspended feel. The Y-shaped beam creates a visual and functional overlap between seat and base."
KiBiSi partner and Head of Design (and 2011 Core77 Design Awards jury captain) Lars Larsen notes that, "Scoop is the logic output of a clear idea: The character of the series lies in the straight forward appearance—a kind of ideogram of how it works." His colleague, co-founder and Creative Director Jens Martin Skibsted also notes that "We wanted to stay clear of a home decorative cutesy product and contract business polish. We needed to establish a new middle ground that would bridge private and public spaces. Yet this wasn't an exercise in style. We had to come up with an entirely new suspension system to build the gravity of the product inside out."
Thus, the new design is intended to strike a balance betwen craft and technology: "The innovative technical edge increases comfort, yet maintains a clear and simple Scandinavian appearance. The chair has a tailor upholstered cast foam seat and an injection molded aluminum frame. The scoop family comprises of a conference chair, a lounge chair, a table and a bar stool in the making."
The Scoop will be unveiled in Milan next week—the pictures and description are all good and well, but I'm curious to actually sit in the thing... and be swept (or is that scooped?) off my feet.