The Lapala chair by Spanish brand Expormim and studio Lievore Altherr Molina recalls the typical braided furniture of the Mediterranean but is made of innovative materials that can withstand the outdoors. First created as an indoor chair by designers Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina in 1998, Expormim reissued Lapala in 2014 to give it a new life.
The outdoor furniture brand re-imagined the design for outside use by replacing its original wicker construction with nautical rope.
Spring always brings a sense of expectation, a craving for outdoor spaces, a dream of summer. Days are longer, brighter, happier. People meet outside: come to my rooftop, see you at the terrace round the corner, find me at that little bar by the promenade. We shake the last remains of winter and fill with summer vibes.
Burn the old, bring on the new.
This year the photo shoot of our outdoor novelties took place at Casa Ter, a magnificent house in the Catalan region of Baix Empordà by Mesura architects. Casa Ter is a family home built with local materials: the ceramics historically produced at the neighbouring town of La Bisbal and stones from the river Ter. The house also breathes the architectural tradition of the area with its vaults, windows and porch because this is what the Mediterranean way of living is all about: plenty of light, loads of fresh air and a sense of openness. The philosophy of the construction, so close to our own philosophy (locally sourced materials, local production, respectful reinterpretation of a long-lasting tradition), together with the landscape –and of course, the swimming pool– made up our mind.
Lapala: classics never die. Lievore Altherr Molina
The first Lapala chair, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina back in 1998, had everything a classic needs to become such, but it was on the verge of falling into oblivion until it came to us a few years ago. Originally an indoor chair made of wicker, we decided to give it a second life but on the outside. That’s why we turned to more resistant materials: nautical rope and stainless steel. Now its robust painted stainless steel structure comes in 7 different finishes that can be combined with 10 different ropes. Lapala is beautifully woven by our expert craftsmen in Moixent. Its tight plait makes it not just elegant, but extremely comfortable. And a little extra, it is a stack-able chair, so it works fine in house, office and contract spaces. Someone said outdoor furniture lacked poise and ergonomics… No more.
Provided by: Esther Boluda – Expormin Press Office