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Satyendra Pakhalé
Assaya Armchair | Couches & Sofas by Satyendra Pakhalé | Poltrona Frau Tokyo Aoyama in Minato City
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Assaya Armchair - Couches & Sofas

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Centenary armchair for the connected world
Satyendra Pakhalé was invited to design a centenary armchair to on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the Italian legendry Poltrona Frau Design manufacturing company. The design concept of Assaya is inspired by the way of life in the connected world. Assaya is articulately crafted with the knowledge of the age-old tradition of saddle making coupled with fresh interpretation of Poltrona Frau industrial leather craftsmanship. The objective is to create a long lasting design that will be cherished and celebrated for the next century and beyond by connecting with the next generation ensuring the lasting legacy of Poltrona Frau.

Assaya Centenary Armchair has wide generous proportions and a soft inviting comfortable feel. The leaning backrest evokes the domestic use. Assaya Centenary Armchair has a sensual form and contours that give an intuitive feeling of comfort at the same time, provide an ergonomically comfortable posture with its simple tilt mechanism. The object gains its personality from its continuity of form from all perspectives creating a unique presence in an interior setting.
The pouf, side table and lap tray are an integral part of the project and are suitable for creating formal or informal settings to facilitate both working and leisure activities. The side table and lap tray are practical and versatile accessories that can accommodate laptops, tablets or books.

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Satyendra Pakhalé
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Polymath designer with dazzling dexterity

Selected as one of L'Uomo Vogue magazine's 80 most influential creative people, multifaceted designer Satyendra Pakhalé (born 1967, India) stands at the crossroads of the diverse currents shaping contemporary design, from industrial design, electronics, transportation and home appliances to furniture, architecture and interior design. Pakhalé known for poetic sensorial design trained both in India and Switzerland has been active in the field of industrial design, transportation and architectural design from his studio in Amsterdam. He was part of the pioneering new business creation team at Philips Design in the mid-1990s, conceiving some of the first product ideas for new digital communication technologies and transportation design.

His design work is an act of unity going beyond any binary such as high and low tech, industrial production and traditional crafts, functionality and poetic significance. Over the last 20 years Pakhalé has cultivated a design practice through numerous innovative design projects for leading clients. He has developed a world¬wide reputation for designing diverse product typologies, pushing the limits of technology and materials. His ongoing curiosity and cultural pluralism has led to limited-edition pieces and one-offs besides industrial design and architecture projects. MoMA senior design curator Paola Antonelli has said of his work, "No matter how abstract the form, it shows that Satyendra Pakhalé ... is a champion of a new chapter in the history of design."

His clients include among other Alcantara, Alessi, Cappellini, Franke, Fiam, Hästens, Moon Life Foundation, Poltrona Frau, Novartis and Tod’s. He has lectured worldwide and was invited to head the Master of Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living, Design Academy Eindhoven from 2006-2010. His works are in permanent collections at prestigious museums throughout the world, among which the Victoria and Albert Museum London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Centre Pompidou, Paris.