David Catta’s Aviator Chair operates functionally and scuplturally and is the result of an aircraft-inspired harmonization of ergonomic comfort, sleek formation, and unparalleled artistic vision. Combining a number of aluminum and woodworking technologies, Catta has created a final product that pushes the boundaries of linear furniture creation and modern design.
This work brings together aspects of the physical world that have fascinated me for years. I am attracted to complex things that integrate dissimilar materials with beauty and purpose. Seating fascinates me for its intimate relationship with the human body, and how a sculptural rendering can echo that relationship. Finally, the work embodies my passion for things aeronautical, particularly the elegant design and the composition of early aircraft.
After spending three decades creating product designs and manufacturing process solutions in the field of custom industrial furnishings, I have had the opportunity to pursue my personal interest in artistic integration of aluminum, steel, wood, and polymers. Travelling in Europe and the United States, I was inspired by the work of other industrial designer/artists such as Mark Newson, and manufactured art objects such as Herman Miller’ Aeron chair (on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York).