Marco Dessí

D70 & C70
»The Optimist«
Lounge chair & stool
Marco Dessí

D70 – the new Tecta armchair is reminiscent of a small bunk and puts the signs on optimism: set sail with a fresh breeze – whether for reading or fireside hours.

If a strong wind blows from the south, you might think the D70 turns into the gust and starts its cruise through the waves. A small sailor with a high backrest, a berth that shields you from the rest of the world or forms a reduced version of the traditional fireplace chair – Marco Dessí’s new furniture releases many images that go far beyond sitting. With its oval seat, it allows to tighten the legs, to align the screen, to form a small retreat with matching ottoman in the room. In short: to simply sit down.

Set sail
D70 & C70

“I’m very excited about this furniture – it’s one of my most personal designs in a long time,” says designer Marco Dessí, a native of South Tyrol with a studio in Vienna. The interplay of geometric figures distinguishes his D70. The trapezoid of the backrest, the triangle of the front legs and an unusual oval at the seat. It invites you to try it out: Legs up – you can even fit a book or laptop next to it. An iconographic, clear design that quickly reveals the references to Tecta and the Bauhaus.

“In my way of working, I often rethink classic typologies,” says Dessí, “I try to understand them and use deconstruction to develop my own story. The D70 was meant to be a clear, formally legible piece of furniture entirely in Tecta’s DNA. For example, we show the beautiful construction of the legs, which we do not hide in the upholstery, but allow to become a visible jewel, stretching the backrest in shape. This gesture is characteristic of the D70.”

So Dessí’s design naturally joins the ranks of timeless classics. It’s covered in a collection of fabrics from the German weaving company ROHI, which gives the large surfaces depth and an inviting feel. “This is a vibrant fabric that nestles ideally on the design,” Marco Dessí emphasizes. “With the different color combinations such as ink blue, jade and black, the furniture gets winks and a young, fresh spirit.” With the D70, the fabrics invite an interplay of colors and textures that can redefine interiors. The D70 can form groupings or arrangements, or linger for two by the crackling fireplace. It can be used broadly, whether playing in public spaces or in private. “The armchair with its little sail – wherever it blows is its target group,” Marco Dessí is convinced.

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The D70 is the first piece of furniture that designer Marco Dessí has built for Tecta, although he has been interested in “flying furniture” for a long time. “Visiting Tecta at the fair was like coming to an art gallery,” he says, “you are in awe, decelerated, the furniture shows character. They educate us. Because they are not born of any trend, they are idiosyncratic, you can feel the connection to art. So they embody in a light, unassuming way, the idea of the avant-garde.”

Marco Dessí *1976 in Merano, lives and works in Vienna. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since founding his own design studio in 2007, he has already realized a number of projects with well-known Austrian manufactures.

In 2013, Dessí implemented the exhibition “still life” at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts Vienna. Dessí’s approach is practical and collaborative, design is understood as an interactive process. Self-initiated projects serve to experiment with materials and challenge processes that are later applied to commercial projects or further developed for industrial or craft reproduction processes. In his work, Dessí emphasizes transparency in the sense of a consistent link between the design process and actual production conditions. In the uncompromising combination of function, construction and aesthetics, the striving for the perfect design object is fulfilled; the logic of assembly and disassembly, the precise relations of form and dimension are just as relevant as intelligent combinations of materials and sophisticated detail design.