...Similarly, Formed by Air considers objects filled with air to create stable, functional forms, albeit through processes a little more involved than "standard" inflation and including projects as diverse as Jasper Morrison's gas injection moulded Air Chair for Magis, Oskar Zieta's FIDU steel inflation process as exemplified through the Plopp stool and Rondo mirror or Marcel Wanders' Sparkling Chair/Still Chair for Magis, a work which also stands as a reminder that the inspiration air provides a designer may not be enough to blow away other considerations: Wanders' original plan was to have a chair crafted, in effect, from PET bottles inflated by high pressure gas... To assure the durability of the object, presumably with safety concerns in mind, Magis however opted for thicker plastic and no gas...
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Founded in 1976 by Eugenio Perazza in the industrial northeast of Italy Magis stands today for international design "made in Italy". All products of the Italian manufacturer are made on site, which not only ensures the quality but emphasizes the cultural and craft roots of the company. In addition to innovative chairs and dining room furniture such as the Chair_One or the Tavolo XZ3 dining table, Magis also develop and produce clever everyday accessories, modern garden furniture and the children's furniture collection Me Too. Magis furniture is both developed by the in-house design department and in collaboration with renowned designers such as Jasper Morrison, Steffano Giovannoni or Konstantin Grcic and goes through a long process of development before final production is achieved. A well-known and often copied Magis classic is the Bombo Stool, which is just as home in the residential as in the catering sector. Numerous Magis designs have been recognized with international prizes, including the Federal Republic of Germany's Design Award and the Compasso d'Oro Award, and Magis is represented in several major museums worldwide, including the MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Centre Pompidou.
Garden furniture from Magis
In addition to home accessories such as the Cu-Clock or the Tempo Clock, dining chairs and tables, children's furniture and office furniture such as the 360° Container by Konstantin Grcic, Magis offers numerous garden furniture. Characteristic here is the practical Folding Air Chair by Jasper Morrison, which can also be used on small balconies and can be stowed away when not in use. The Magis garden chairs Flux and Vigna impress with their unconventional look, while Central Outdoor is the classic bistro table. A real all-rounder is the Magis chair Chair_One, which can be used both indoors and outdoors and is both stackable and fire-resistant. Magis garden furniture is made of sturdy materials such as plastic or metal and thus proves to be particularly durable and easy to clean.
The Me Too Collection from Magis
During a lengthy search for a suitable table for his granddaughter, Magis founder Eugenio Perazza came up with the idea of selling a series of children's furniture himself: the Me Too Collection. Whereby the plan wasn't to adapt existing design furniture to children; but children's furniture should be designed specifically to meet the needs of the youngest, with whom it would also romp, frolic and play creatively. Together with numerous renowned designers such as Eero Aarnio, Oiva Toikka and Javier Mariscal, the Me Too Collection was developed, and which in addition to Magis children's furniture such as the chairs Alma and Seggiolina Pop also includes playful creations such as the toy dog Puppy or the rocking bird Dodo. The Magis children's furniture collection is made of robust materials, is easy to clean and sometimes even suitable for playing in the garden.
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