From the transformation of the Romby chair designed by GamFratesi in 2020 that tiptoed into the “manifesto” object of Porro design, capable of telling with immediacy the geometric purity, manufacturing excellence, and artisanal flavor that define the brand, comes the new Romby armchair for its all-around use, opening up new possibilities for home office and contract use.
“Three characteristics of the new Romby armchair: it is iconic, it is graphic, and it is generous. Although the form is compact, it also retains a lot of space around it and is particularly comfortable. It is graphic because it captures the same features as the Romby without the armrests. And then we think it’s very iconic because it’s a very unique chair.
With a new base, which has almost the same shape, it’s as if it’s carved from a cone, it’s lighter, but it keeps the same figure. And then now it’s available with an armrest, so it’s very generous and it hugs you, giving you a new comfort in the seat. We think it’s still a very iconic chair and a natural evolution of the Romby.
Porro and GamFratesi: a strong connection
“We find there is a strong connection between us and Porro: both of us, every time we design a product, we look for simplicity, without ever forgetting to make an object that stands out from others and has high quality,” explain designers Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi.
The shapes of the upholstered shell seem to blossom, widening and rising to create the armrests, releasing a new, unprecedented feeling of softness and naturalness, without detracting from the lightness and essentiality of the original model.
Instead, the truncated cone base gives way to the practicality of four central wooden legs, a sort of change of clothes with the visual effect of a full suspended upper volume that seems to take flight, in the name of hospitality and functionality.