Often, it is the most unexpected collaborations that result in great design. Case in point: the Ako chair by renowned British-Israeli industrial designer Ron Arad and London-based interiors and lifestyle brand Oka.
Word has it that Arad was attracted to the “elegant yet beautiful simplicity” of Oka’s Washakie chair, which was a commercial success. Pair the original with Arad’s 1989 Chair by its Cover project—a wooden seat encased within a concave mirror—and the Ako was born.
Arad wrapped the Washakie chair in two separate sheets of copper and stainless steel. The first layer of malleable steel was rolled inwards to complement the curvature of the chair and the second copper layer was tacked onto the first. The chair’s upholstery had been updated in hot pink or burnt orange while juxtaposing words such as “Reserved Reversed” were painted on its rear to complete its vibrant aesthetic.