Every now and again a piece of design comes along that despite being steeped in theme and meaning still manages to be beautiful. The Exocarp chair by Guillermo Bernal, featured today on Design Milk, is a fine example.
The chair was, bizarrely, inspired by the scaly nature of reptile skins and the rough textures of avocados and cantaloupes. Both of these types of skin, while not pretty, has an interesting aesthetic quality and both imply protection.
These ideas can be seen on the back of the chair, reminiscent of the haunch of a reptilian animal. The chair itself has a pure, naked, skeletal feel to it – the smooth texture and the delicate grain patterns contrast beautifully with the back. This is a fine piece of design.