The Vela chair, designed by Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai for Magis, is stackable and lightweight thanks to magnesium

 

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The magnesium Vela chair by Magis, designed by Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai

Among the hundreds of products presented at the Salone del Mobile 2019, a chair by Magis intrigued for the material of which it is made: magnesium. Little used in the furniture field, yet much more popular in the automotive sector, magnesium is light and sustainable – characteristics that expand its potential.

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The magnesium Vela chair by Magis, designed by Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai.

Magnesium is much more lighter than steel and aluminum, and it is the eighth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, also found in seawater and easy to extract. Since the early 20th century it has been used for parts of the engine, wheel rims and other components of cars and motorcycles.

 

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The booth of Magis at the Salone del Mobile 2019, with stacked Vela chairs

Magis and magnesium

Eugenio Perazza, the founder of Magis, wanted a magnesium chair and entrusted Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai with the project. This is how the Israeli designers created Vela, a stackable and lightweight chair.

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The booth of Magis at the Salone del Mobile 2019, with stacked Vela chairs

The characteristics of the material make it possible to use a limited amount of it and two openings in the backrest make it suitable for outdoor use. Being light, these chairs are easy to stack and perfect for both residential and contract settings.

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The magnesium Vela chair by Magis, designed by Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai

The slightly curved backrest allow for a comfortable posture, perfect for public spaces such as lounges, cafes, restaurants. Moreover, its lightness and intelligent design make it perfect for gardens and terraces. [Text Roberta Mutti]