Eutopia is the evidence that in the 4.0 industry era, “it is no longer utopic to think that the project, with its values and complexity, could be born, grow and be produced in situations distant from the existing industrial network which normally bears its development and production” says Francisco Gomez Paz we met at Cascina Cuccagna during Milano Design Week.
Eutopia has been designed in its object and productive complexity to be mass produced using flexible technologies -such as laser cutting, numerical control and 3D printing– inside Francisco’s studio in Argentina, far from the crazy cadence of the Milanese Design.
Eutopia is as sophisticated construction: the multi- laminated legs are mounted with a cross-shaped joint and at the height of the seat open up to form different levels that work in sync, each in its own sense of strength, to accommodate the seat and the armrests.
The wood used for the body of the chair is Paulownia wood, a newly discovered material used for objects. Paulownia has qualities of resistance, lightness and sustainability. The tree has the capacity to absorb pollutants, a highly-recognized attribute.
Its multi-piece composition does not become obvious and it could be the result of a complex Japanese inlaid work, a kind of tridimensional solid wood multi-laid marquetry.
The structure is made up of four pieces of multi-laid wood that intersect in a strong cross inset and separate again in the seat, allowing different planes to work in its own force direction to hold the seat and the armrests. Small inset inventions and glued pieces allow the chair to be assembled without any nail or screw.
Despite the light, it is extremely resistant and can bear resistance tests with 100kg loads and more than 23,000 cycles.