HELIX |ˈhēliks|

noun ( pl. -lices |-ləˌsēz|)
an object having a three-dimensional shape like that of a wire wound uniformly in a single layer around a cylinder or cone, as in a corkscrew or spiral staircase.


KARMELINA MARTINA designed this chair a few years back , but I still think it is marvelous.  In order to appreciate it’s beauty,  what you need is the inspiration behind the design. I found this quote on  CONTEMPORIST.COM which was the designer’s own story about the chair:

“Helix the snail got fed-up with the same old life in a kitchen garden so one day she decided to leave and discover the wonders of the world. In choosing her direction she was guided by her instinct, the moon and the sun. As she was going through a wood one day, she got stuck between two roots. She struggled hard and long to free herself and at last, when she was almost completely exhausted, she succeeded.

How strange, though…All of a sudden, Helix had a funny feeling of lightness. She turned to look behind her and realized she lost her home. And she felt completely naked! From that day on, Helix slides furtively into people’s homes and covers herself with the clothes she finds there.  Every day a new outfit for a new life!”


Sounds like a fairy tale out of Grimms, but it is really sweet, and I find the simplicity of the story really cool when you remember it is the inspiration for a chair!

And think about the snail donning a “shell” of fabric inspired by women’s clothing, which is what Martina had in mind when she selected the different fabrics for the chair.  I love the combination of a  soft sense of  humor and an excellent design asthetic that is incorporated into the chair.

Now don’t you just want one?

P. S. I hear it is very comfortable too!



Ciao, ciao ’til next time!