In 1987, architect Cini Boeri and his assistant Tomu Katayanagi designed "Ghost" for FIAM: an armchair made out of a single sheet of glass 12 mm thick, “bent” like origami and cut to form a seat, armrests and backrest. A product drawing on skilled craftsmanship and technical excellence which soon became an icon of design, exhibited in the world’s best-known museums, including MoMA in New York.
The chair’s 30th birthday will be celebrated during Salone del Mobile 2017 as part of a partnership between FIAM and Fiandre Architectural Surfaces, a leading maker of top quality porcelain surfaces which pursues the same goals of research, painstaking design, craftsmanship and technical excellence in its projects.
Fiandre’s Maximum porcelain slabs form surfaces underlining the light weight and transparency of curved glass furniture, covering more than 200 square metres in the stands of FIAM and luxury brand Veblén (hall 5, stand B11).
To celebrate Ghost’s 30th birthday, FIAM invited a number of designers to customise miniature versions of the famous chair built to a scale of 1:7 using coloured paints selected by architect Cini Boeri. These mini-ghosts were photographed in micro-sets set up by Fiandre using Aster Maximum Moon slabs that look like concrete, underlining the models’ natural transparency. All the photographs appear in a commemorative volume to be presented at the FIAM Italia event for Salone del Mobile 2017. The mini-ghosts will then be auctioned off to raise money for a non-profit association that works with the children of families affected by the earthquakes in central Italy.