Ischia Seating System
Ischia is a modular seating system influenced by natural shapes and artistic allusions, destined for collective settings. It comprises a number of freely- combinable individual components: the seats can be single or double, and come with or without a backrest. The system also offers the possibility of adding a table or a woven cane screen, to keep any given area separate and hidden away. The components have an essential feel, with soft shapes and oblique lines, balanced out by the strong finishes of the wood or marble bases that connect them up.
In the beginning, there were rocks, shaped by the wind and the waters, veined stones, perfectly overlaid or slotted together by nature. Then, when organic shapes inspired artistic forms, we saw monoliths such as those of Barbara Hepworth and abstract paintings from Serge Poliakoff.
Descended from this same line is Ischia, the new design by PearsonLloyd.
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A London based design firm, PearsonLloyd is a partnership that was created by Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd in 1997. As an all-encompassing design studio, their work has spanned aviation, workplaces, urban design, healthcare facilities, and furniture design. With a thought-provoking goal to "identify and respond to the shifting patterns of behavior in contemporary life" PearsonLloyd pays particular attention to the human experience in all aspects of their work. In recognition of their work, PearsonLloyd was named Royal Designers for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008.
The agency’s work is driven by a need to understand and interpret a world that is experiencing rapid and often unexpected change. Its in-depth research into these changes – in both the material and digital world – enables PearsonLloyd to create design solutions that are appropriate and relevant for manufacturers, brands, and users. The studio is highly collaborative in its approach. It embraces the restrictions imposed by product type, function, material and process and delivers products that are beautiful, efficient and useful.
Luke and Tom were awarded the distinction of Royal Designers for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and in 2012 were named in the top 50 designers ‘Shaping the Future’ by Fast-Co Magazine in New York. They have lectured for a number of years at ECAL and the RCA and regularly talk at international platforms.