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Leather cladding adds the final fillip to Zieta's lounge version of its distinctive J-Chair. With a lower seat and the relaxing incline of its backrest, the ultra smooth seating gets a fine addition to the series. Originally created for Germany's contemporary Jerke Museum, a building with distinctive sections in the facade as the contemporary design motif. In the same vein, the lounge seating's surface has deep decorative grooves in its smooth contours, accented by purposeful stitching detail.
“To be creative yourself was most vital,” says designer Oskar Zieta of growing up in the waning days of communism in his native Poland. With no access to products from Western Europe or the U.S. and few museums or galleries to explore, he leaned hard on his imagination. All the more reason to wonder, then, at his fantastical balloon-like steel furniture. The initial Plopp Stool was a sensation, garnering the Red Dot Award and recognition from the Pompidou Centre in Paris as one of the 12 chairs to have changed modern design. Made from welded sheets of steel, Plopp was inflated using high-pressure air with an innovative process called FiDU.
In addition to lecturing, maintaining his design studio and running a production company in his hometown of Zielona Góra, he continues to explore the realm of his own imagination. "My dream project is constructions in space,” Oskar says. “FiDU's ultra-lightness and possibilities of volumetric expansion could be crucial.”