Hot Seat: Jam Chair

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Why We Love It

Released in 2006, the Jam chair by Calligaris is known for its two-toned polypropylene shell. The seat is a sleek opaque white, while the back comes in several transparent shades, including bright hues such as fuchsia and neutral ones such as mustard – whichever the colour, a hint of it can be seen through the seat’s oval cut-outs. Together with a fluid, Mid-Century Modern silhouette, this feature makes the chair extremely versatile in terms of style. Depending on the colour, it can work in a monochromatic, minimalist office or even a retro-themed home.

Who Designed It

Architecture and design studio Archirivolto designed the Jam chair for Italian furniture label Calligaris. The studio prefers to work with materials such as aluminium and plastic, while the brand is known for its wood pieces. However, Calligaris began working with other materials as a means of innovating, and Archirivolto became a frequent collaborator. An earlier design from both companies, the Alchemia, is a lightweight and stackable plastic chair with a backrest that resembles atoms.

What It Inspired

The versatile Jam chair comes in various versions. It’s available on a steel spider base and a bleached beech base (perfect for
a touch of Scandinavian style); and as a bar stool and an office swivel chair.