Do-Maru Lounge Chair
for B&B Italia
The Do-Maru lounge chair designed by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia takes inspiration from Japanese samurais’ ancient armor, featuring decorated leather plates that cover and protect the body. The Do-Maru lounge chair’s seat shell consists of two superimposed bodies softened by paddings upholstered with fabric or leather. The back support is cast aluminum and underlines the chair’s conical profile. In contrast, the anterior support is made of tubular metal with black, black chromed, or pewter painted finishes, designed to match the colors of the body, which come in white, black, and Tortora. This chair is available in two sizes and is a statement piece that adds an elegant touch to any room.
A design studio based in London, Doshi Levien is the brainchild of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, who have been collaborating together for over 10 years. With influences of visual culture and industrial precision, their work in furniture design is a blend of modern and Indian heritage. With rich textiles and architectural structure as inspiration, their furniture plays with material and pattern. Together they have collaborated with Moroso, Kvadrat, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Camper, Swarovski and Galerie Kreo. They create unique and modern pieces that work in many design aesthetics.
Doshi Levien is a brand synonymous with cultural hybridism. Founded by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, the partnership marries together Doshi’s love for materials with Levien’s deep understanding of technique and industrial design. Having been raised in India, she has an astute eye for visual culture with the goal of making products that can contribute to a society. Levien has a background of fine cabinet making, and received a Masters in furniture design from Royal College of Art in London, where they met and formed a partnership dedicated to uniting culture, technology, industrial design, and fine craftsmanship.