Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Giorgio DeCurso. Chica demountable child's chairs. 1971

Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Giorgio DeCurso Chica demountable child's chairs 1971

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Chica (also called Junior) is a modular system of plastic components that can be fitted together in a variety of ways to create seats, tables, and play structures. The elements, made in four bright colors, are light enough for older children to play with and reconfigure, in a product that exemplifies the fun, flexible spirit of Italian postwar design. These prototypes, featured in MoMA's 1972 exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, demonstrated curator Emilio Ambasz's concept of "contestatory" design: objects with the potential to create environments that were “flexible in function and [permitting] multiple modes of use and arrangement.”

Gallery label from Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, July 29–November 5, 2012.
Manufacturer
BBB Bonacina
Medium
ABS plastic
Dimensions
assembled: 19 1/4 x 13 x 13" (48.9 x 33 x 33 cm)
Credit
Gift of the designers
Object number
80.2009.1-35
Department
Architecture and Design

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