2010 ICFF: Surtur Chair Inspired By Volcanoes and Physical Therapy
Designer Emilia Borgthor drew from her birthplace and physical therapy background to create a chair for dynamic sitting.
From the headline alone, you probably wouldn’t be able to connect the dots of inspiration Emilia Borgthor drew upon for the design of her Surtur chair. Emilia is a native of Iceland and grew up on an island off the southern coast that was surrounded by volcanoes. To Emilia, the volcanoes represented an energy source that kept the landscape in a potential state of change and transformation. Originally she set out to study physical therapy but eventually discovered her true passion was design.
The Surtur chair debuted at this year’s ICFF Studio Bernhardt Design stand which features young upcoming design talent. The design of the chair allows the user to chose between three sitting positions depending on their activities. Emilia recognized that the human body is made for movement and wanted to create a piece of furniture that encouraged dynamic use instead of static sitting. The profile shape is a nod to the volcanic mountains and there is an integrated storage pocket underneath the arm/foot rest.