Marc Thorpe’s Latest Chair For Moroso Is Based On The Shapes Of Corn Husks

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Film: American designer Marc Thorpe reveals which vegetable influenced his Husk chair for Moroso in our following exclusive film for the Italian furnishings brand.

Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso

Thorpe’s Husk chair for Moroso features a easy seat, supported by a huge curved backrest that wraps all around it.

Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso

This form was inspired by the outer leaves that defend an ear of corn, Thorpe explains in the film, which was filmed at the 2015 Salone del Mobile furnishings honest in Milan.

“The notion is focussed on the architecture of corn,” he says. “The shell is a kind of grounding stage for the architecture of the chair.”

Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso Husk chairs on display at Moroso’s stand at Salone del Mobile 2015

Husk is accessible with either a substantial or a minimal backrest. Thorpe created an upholstered version for interior use, as well as an outdoor model.

Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso Outside edition of Marc Thorpe’s Husk chair, which is produced in Dakar, Senegal

The outdoor edition is offered as portion of Moroso’s M’Afrique assortment, which is manufactured in Dakar, Senegal.


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“It is all produced by nearby craftsman using a tubular steel structure that is woven with the threads,” Thorpe explains.

Husk chair by Marc Thorpe for Moroso Husk chairs on display at Moroso’s stand at Salone del Mobile 2015

The indoor model of the chair is upholstered in a specific fabric that gradates from a darker colour to a lighter 1.

Thorpe 1st developed the material with each other with Moroso for his Blur sofa, which was launched by the brand in 2011.

Blur sofa by Marc Thorpe for Moroso Blur sofa by Marc Thorpe for Moroso

“I in fact invented the Blur fabric,” Thorpe says. “We desired to figure out a way to make a knitted textile that would graduate, which is really tough. It appear a lengthy time, but we had been capable to pull it off. We have continued to use that fabric on my operate but also during the collection at Moroso.”

Patrizia Moroso and Marc Thorpe Moroso createive director Patrizia Moroso with designer Marc Thorpe

Thorpe says he enjoys doing work with Moroso because innovative director Patrizia Moroso is so “passionate about textiles”.

“She’s very closely linked to the vogue business,” he says. “So doing work with her to create a textile is really a privilege.”


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“I consider in that room you can quite considerably produce anything at all and I think that’s what Moroso is about, creating fantastic tips.”

Marc Thorpe portrait American designer Marc Thorpe

This film was created by Dezeen for Moroso. The music employed is a track referred to as Qix by Uk producer 800xL.

It is the most recent in a series of movies about the Italian brand’s 2015 products, which you can observe on our YouTube playlist:

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