Nautica, the new wave of rattan

Expormim Press

January 21, 2015


Expormim (The Exporter of Wicker in Spanish), 50 years after its founding, has wanted to give fresh testimony to the material that was the protagonist in the origins of the company. Renowned architects and designers have participated in this project born from the desire to bring the rattan back as a fine material, and revive the rich craft tradition of Spain in its making.


The Nautica swing chair designed by Alberto Sánchez (Mut Design) has been awarded with the Red Dot 2014 to the best product design. This award is given yearly in Essen (Germany) where the Institution is based, and is without any doubt the most coveted international design recognition. The aim of the award is to highlight the quality and the innovation on the product design area internationally. Since 1955 these awards have given recognition to designers, manufacturers and brands with worldwide repercussion.

Nautica is a hanging chair that pays homage to one of the first pieces created by Expormim in the 70s. The swing designed by Mut Design is intended to astonish and rethink the use of rattan. The natural fibers allow to claim the esthetics of natural products without surrendering to nostalgia, avoiding this way the wearing out of time as an esthetic resource.


No matter if it hangs from a tree branch, or from a floor-standing structure, Nautica stands out thanks to the subtle play of shadows result of its movement that reminds the reflection of the sunlight falling on the ocean waves. Despite its visual lightness, the piece is notable for its sturdiness and resistance. It is also suitable for any sort of space, always inviting to enjoy its sway.

On the words of its creators: “Nautica is the result of the attention to detail, the desire for provocation and the respect for the tradition of crafting rattan as unique and main material in its design”.


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