Studiopepe’s first design for Italian outdoor furniture specialist Ethimo, the ‘Sling’ chair comes with a ‘free holiday spirit feel’ inspired by vintage camping trips. ‘It’s deeply rooted in our imagination and camping memories, explain Studiopepe’s Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto. ‘It has a late 1970s feel, with a sort of Moonrise Kingdom atmosphere.’ Not to mention an extremely comfortable canvas seat, on which you could easily spend a whole summer evening sipping Camparis.

Although designed for the great outdoors, the chair will look at home in any setting and is presented at Salone del Mobile 2021 as part of Ethimo’s new collection. ‘We imagine it in a glass house or a modernist house, but it is perfect for a balcony too,’ continue the Milan-based designers. ‘We love the idea that you can bring outdoor furniture inside. We have this vision of a fluid place, changing with the seasons and the owner’s mood and needs.’

Side and back view of the garden chair by Studiopepe for Ethimo with footrest with the same design

Manufactured in Italy, the chair comprises a curved stainless steel frame and an ergonomic canvas seat with a vintage-inspired diamond-pattern. The tubular steel, which gives it both its strength but also a feeling of lightness, is available in four colours, including a Burnished Bronze version, a new finish that stands out to its unique ‘soft touch’ texture. The comfortable free-hanging canvas seat, which hugs the contours of the body, is made with Elitìs’ ‘Lontano’ fabric, which is available in either Black or Sand colourways. Also part of the collection is a matching footrest, and a coffee table topped with a Red Stone, White or Purple pigmented concrete surface.

‘We designed it during the lockdown, so Ethimo sent the prototypes to our studio; it was strange to do everything over the phone,’ say the designers. ‘We are still working on the addition of a small cushion, and we will introduce a new collection of patterns and colours designed in collaboration with Élitis in 2022.’ §