Pi Lounge Chair
Martin Szekely designed the Pi chaise longue in 1983 as part of a VIA carte blanche. Initially planned in carbon fiber, research material of choice of the designer, the prototype is finally made of steel, because of the difficulties of technical control of the material. The model gives birth to the Pi collection (the chaise longue, the bookcase and the carbon chair), pieces that proceed from elementary forms and reflect the idea of essential, simplicity and economy.
The son of the Hungarian sculptor Pierre Szekely, Martin Szekely attended classes at École Boulle and École Estienne and graduated in engraving . He began to be noticed by the public with the chaise longue Pi in 1982. Since then, he has multiplied both collaborations with design editors like Galerie Neotu, Galerie Kreo or Domeau & Pérès, and with industrialists like Perrier, Heineken, JCDecaux or Électricité de France. He decided in 1996, to stop drawing. It’s the function of the objects and furniture he must create that will now dictate their form. He therefore privileges simple shapes and high-tech materials that can be moulded for designs that gently “disappear” within their environment. Martin Szeleky likes to point out that ‘in the worst cases, objects are a burden and that in the best cases, they follow us like shadows…’ Little known to the general public, some of the objects he has designed have yet reached a very wide audience as the glass Perrier made to 20 million copies. His more confidential creations, on the other hand, are very popular with collectors of contemporary art. He is the creator of the year of the Paris Furniture Fair in 1987, and honored in 1999 with the Alfred Dunhill Outstanding Man of the Year Award. These creations are part of the collections of several important museums such as the Museum of Decorative Arts, MoMA or Mudam.