studio razavi architecture

Alborz Armchair

Quantity of 1; additional pieces made-to-order.

At this point, Alireza Razavi has mastered the art of crafting statement furniture. Completing high-end interiors in Paris, London, and New York has given his award-winning French firm, studio razavi architecture, remarkable dexterity with ultra-refined materials. It also affords him the freedom to get creative and experimental. The newly unveiled Alborz Armchair—available exclusively on Design Dose—is the first prototype of a forthcoming five-piece collection slated to be unveiled in 2021.

Totemic in stature and dark as the night, the black lacquer-painted piece “absolutely stands out beyond the function it performs,” says Razavi, who cites Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Barbara Hepworth as chief inspiration. In particular, the three-legged lounger confidently asserts itself as sculpture, while a flat seat perched atop two conical legs lends function and balance. Alborz recalls the trailblazing nonconformism of Wendell Castle’s later experiments in biomorphic furniture, which broke down the barriers between art and design. Should Razavi apply the same focus to upcoming Alborz pieces, the collection may easily carve out a new class of its own.

The first 10 Alborz Armchair purchases come with a complimentary Surface x LAYER Straws set.

By The Numbers:

1 sculpted seat
3 support points
5 pieces in the Alborz collection
105 degree backrest inclination
12 kilos
82 sketches
15 3D printed models
4 sketch books
100 days
1 color: satin black