Décor & Gardening

Volt and Volta, the imperfect architecture of the human chair

Volt and Volta, the imperfect architecture of the human chair

While you could say the distinguishing characteristic of being human is standing on two feet, what we really love to do is sit. Perhaps because of this, there is the widely held notion that the chair presents the greatest intellectual and creative design challenge; a wrestling match of emotive intuition, expression and engineering.

Volt and Volta encapsulate everything it means to be a human today: velocity, agility, fluidity and self-reflection and are invariably multifariously characterful and beautifully imperfect.

In Volt and Volta, OKHA has designed a paradox of balance and imbalance, presenting discord and the imperfect as something beautiful and visually beguiling; an analogy for the contradictions and nuances of human traits.

The angles of the solid oak frame are a surprise in form, the angles and eyelets are at once impressionistic limbs and pure geometric structure. Volta’s triangular leg extends past the seat, seeming not to hold it at all, continuing into a sleek and cannily brief armrest, and yet what you feel most of all is a presence, a surety when you meet these chairs in a room similar to passing significant strangers on the street.

Or perhaps what is felt most upon encountering Volt and Volta is the urge to welcome a new friend to dine while contemplating life’s beautiful imperfections and idiosyncrasies.



Location Photography: Lindsey Appolis
Studio Photography: Pete Maltbie



OKHA is a Design and Interiors Company which operates Internationally, with a showroom in Cape Town, South Africa. OKHA’s studio conceptualizes and designs contemporary, elegant furniture; these hand-made items are designed with passion, curiosity and a deep respect for materials and traditional craftsmanship. The result is progressive and refined quality that embodies design integrity and luxury.






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