In the fall of 2017 at ID Helsinki and Showroom Habitare events we introduced the new lounge chair for pi collection
“Obvious but unexpected” is how he describes his design philosophy. Objects, spaces and user interfaces must be both comprehensible and functional. The Pi chair was designed especially for Piiroinen and represents the first chair that Diederik Fokkema has designed.
“Good products do not raise questions, they provide answers – answers to often complex and time-consuming challenges, but in a way that is obvious, universal and enduring,” - Diederik Fokkema says, Partner at Fokkema & Partners Architecten.
“Products and spaces should create an experience, they should touch us. When designing furniture, ergonomics and esthetics are integrated. A chair should be excellent for sitting in and using. At the same time it has to meet the esthetic goals set for it by modern materials, production methods and the environments in which it is used. Perhaps for this very reason designing chairs has been a source of inspiration for many designers,” - Diederik Fokkema suggests.
The whole Pi Collection is a result of the efficient teamwork between Piiroinen R&D department and FOKlab research of Fokkema & Partners Architecten.
”This is a remarkable product development project for us with top professional designers from the Netherlands. Besides Fokkema & Partners Architecten our long time importer Plan@Office from the Netherlands has had a strong grip in the project providing customer view. Product itself is important, but even more important is, that our company is again involved in high standard international product development and is approved as a manufacturer. All Pi Collection products are made here in Salo Finland, so our company has learned a lot about new materials and about the production technology,” - Risto Piiroinen says, Managing Director at Piiroinen Oy.
The chairs of the series A are distinguished to be their advantage on their excellent ergonomics. In addition to the seat convenience, the chair is a beautiful real work of art. All the parts of the chair can be visually carried out with desired image.
Pi Collection chair type A1 has won a valued Red Dot reward! Read more...
The chairs of the series B are on a half high back and the chairs of the series C on a high back. In both there is a grating foot, on the bridges or wheels. In both the basic chair has been equipped with arm rests but the chairs are obtained also without arm rests.
Backrest uphostery which is made from several parts is the regular solution of the chair and it has indeed aroused interest with its distinctiveness. Project-specifically, the upholstery of the back can also be carried out as uniform. It is also possible to make the whole front upholstery all the way to the edge of the seating cup.
When Dierderik Fokkema heard of a Finnish furniture manufacturer surrounded by forests and fields that makes products of the highest quality in terms of both technical execution and materials, he became interested. “The technical quality of Piiroinen’s products in particular caught my attention. I became interested in the company, and the Dutch importer brought us together. My motivation for focusing on the design of chairs and furniture was based on the observations I made in my work and Piiroinen’s ability to transfer these ideas from designs to materials."
"Together with Piiroinen I was able to capture the essence of a chair in a new way. The Pi chair combines a respect for Nordic manufacturing and the Nordic environment with issues that were raised in my own work regarding functionality and varying the product assortment. What I as a designer and Piiroinen as a manufacturer share in common is a sense of humility when working on the details and perfectionism in terms of quality.”
The Pi chair is a chair – it does not pretend to be anything else. It is a wooden chair, but its legs and seat are connected by a seamless metal frame. Technically and in terms of the materials, the details that lie in the shadows of the seat are a masterpiece of engineering expertise and enable an easily approachable, light and timeless look for the entire chair series.
For shell production of the Pi chair at our fabric in Salo, Finland we are using uniquely deformable veneer (3D veneer) that flexes three-dimensionally in the press.
What kind of models from the whole Pi Collection are already available for the order?
A-, B-, and C-models chairs, E-models bar stools, low stools F-models, side table G-model and three types of M-models tables.
All the currently available versions are shown in the picture above.
What models can be expected in the near future?
Lounge chair, sofa, pouf and benches we are going to present during this year.
Which table top sizes are available at the Pi Collection?
M.1 table with three wood legs, max. size for the table top - Ø900 mm
M.2 table with four wood legs, max. size for the table top - Ø1200 mm
M.3 table with five wood legs, max. size for the table top - Ø2000 mm
Do you have already references for the new Collection?
We have already received first orders for the Pi Collection. 3 000 chairs were made especially for the Rijnstraat 8 project in the The Hague, Holland. Also in Finland there are several references at Oy Karl Fazer Ab in their new visitor centre in Vantaa, at local traditional cafeteria Kuiron Leipomo Oy in Salo and at Wiurila Manor Restaurant in Halikko.