In the late 1980s, TG2 news on Italian public television’s second channel commissioned the Vignelli to construct the show's set. This became the famous studio 10: pearl-grey with a zinc floor, 32 monitors and two red armchairs in the foreground. This was a new invention, a new way to broadcast the news (and a departure from the anchorman format). The armchair is called “Intervista”: an evolution of the bucket-style chair, it was carefully designed for maximum comfort and a posture that does not alter the tone of voice. It is an example of how a project can morph into a communicative, not to mention political, tool.
Armchair with a steel shell and seat supporting frame covered with moulded polyurethane foam padding. The seat is suspended on elastic straps. Upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather. Variations featuring one-way front castors and swivel rear castors (Intervista “Twist”) or a swivel base (Intervista “360°”) are available. The latter features a panel below the seat which acts as a shield, made out of rigid polyurethane lightly padded with polyurethane foam and upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather.
|Lella & Massimo Vignelli
Lella Vignelli was born in Udine and graduated in architecture in Venice. Massimo Vignelli was born in Milan in 1931 and studied architecture in Milan and Venice. Their work includes graphic design, corporate image work for industry, signs and industrial design; they design furniture, interiors and exhibition installations. Originally based in Milan and since 1965 in New York, the studio works with some of the most important american and European companies and institutions.