Sfumato starts with the principles developed through the Sink Lounge Chair and pushes it further. The flatness of the seat surface lends itself to the consideration of collapsibility. That is further challenged by questioning what a chair is in its collapsed state. The result is Sfumato, a lounge chair that disappears into an image when not in use.
Sfumato means "to evaporate into smoke" in Italian, it is also one of the four canonical painting modes of the Renaissance. The technique is used by Leondardo da Vinci to achieve the enigmatic smile of the famed Mona Lisa. When Sfumato is collapsed flat, it takes on the function of an image, and disappears onto the wall.
Due to its ability to take up almost no space when collapsed, Sfumato is ideal for tight living spaces, which are increasingly becoming the norm especially in metropolitan cities such as Singapore, London and New York.
The combination of interchangeable fabric sleeves and the frame-like form factor of Sfumato opens up the exciting opportunity for collaboration with textile designers, printmakers and graphic artists. The seating surface of Sfumato takes on a completely different function of being a canvas for artists and designers.