A key feature of the Reno Bonzon's Gabi is to combine only two parts: sides and crosspieces. Unlike many chairs, these crosspieces themselves constitute both seat and back and structure the whole frame. The triangle formed by the junction of the three plywood side stripes give elegance and character to this light, stackable and very resistant "bistrot" chair.
Excited by the success of his Gaivota rocking chair, Renaud Bonzon take up, in 1990, the challenge of any furniture designer: to create a chair that is both beautiful, of high quality and affordable.
The plywood technique he was exploring at the time fascinated him. This technique enabled him to use a minimum quantity of material while creating comfortable curves. He chose that way to create his first chair.
A key feature of this chair is to be composed of only two elements: side and crosspiece. Unlike many chairs, these crosspieces themselves constitute both seat and back and structure the whole frame. Another remarkable feature that brings both elegance and character to this chair is the triangle formed by the junction of three plywood stripes that constitute the side of the chair. A stripe for the back leg and the back forming a slight curve, another one for the back, the seat and the front leg, which forms an "S" and the last one for the back leg, the seat and the front leg forming a "U". Besides the originality of this assembly, it also provides flexibility to the chair. Although this is not recommended, it is difficult to resist the urge to swing on the back legs. In this case, it creates a great tension at the junction of back leg / seat / back that is mostly absorbed by the triangle which will slightly deform without losing strength.
In 1990, year of its creation, the Gabi chair won two prestigious design awards in Brazil, the MOVESP prize and the one of the Museo da Casa Brasileira. At the same time comfortable and elegant in its composition it is also lightweight, stackable and very resistant. Renaud Bonzon used it for many years in his Cassis restaurant in Sao Paulo.
- L.46 cm x H.84 cm x P.53 cm
- 3 Kg
- Beech plywood