Iranian-born industrial designer Khodi Feiz explains about his idea for the easy chair MOMENT –I became interested in hybrid furniture. I wanted to make something that is relaxed in nature so I explored the idea of designing a lounge chair which combines a sculptural, fluid-shaped seat with a useful articulated tablet. Feiz cites the archetypal school chair (which cleverly combines the seat with a folding table element) as the starting point in generating ideas for his design.
MOMENT is a chair which comprises an asymmetric seat structure with a small integrated table surface attached to the arm. The surface pivots 180 degrees between an ‘opened’ or ‘closed’ position according to the whims of the user. The pivoting ‘tablet’ supports perfunctory activities: acting as a platform on which to position your laptop; a prop for documents, a notepad or one’s mobile phone; or a resting place for a cup of coffee or impromptu lunch. Its existence is rational and entirely intuitive, offering a helping hand to anyone seated within it.
–The chair takes on different mannerisms when opened or closed. It’s almost as if it changes behavior, muses Feiz. Indeed, depending on how the user positions the tablet, the chair facilitates ‘moments’ that are either active or passive. –I believe these moments need to be reflected in our objects, continues Feiz.
The chair is made from a steel frame structure encased in cold cure moulded foam. This construction allows for the seat to remain thin as well as sturdy and stable. The tablet is made from lacquered wood composite and has been designed to visually appear quite fragile in order to prevent damage from users overloading it with too much weight.
Having studied in industrial design at Syracuse University (USA), Feiz worked in the country for four years before taking up a post at Philips Design in the Netherlands where he stayed for eight years developing everything from medical equipment, consumer electronics to domestic appliances and strategic design. In 1998, Khodi co-founded the Feiz Design Studio in partnership with his wife, graphic designer Anneko Feiz van Dorssen. Based in Amsterdam, the studio undertakes a variety of projects across product, furniture, strategic, graphic and identity design.
In its early years, the studio began its collaboration with Offecct. Exhibiting at the talent forum that is Salone Satellite in Milan, their work was spotted by the owners of Offecct and their art director Eero Koivisto. This union in 2000 led to the release of K-LINE a few years later, comprising a family of functional furniture in moulded plywood and steel. In 2008, an easy chair called PALMA was introduced which has enjoyed strong sales ever since. And MOMENT, Feiz third project for Offecct launched to great critical acclaim in 2012.
Text by Max Fraser
Learn more about K-LINE, PALMA and MOMENT at www.offecct.se/en/designers/khodi-feiz