Lud’o Lounge by Patricia Urquiola for Cappelini is a lounge chair to dress and undress with a simple, natural gesture.

Design has a true added value when it suggests new gestures in the home, responding to emerging lifestyles. As in the case of Patricia Urquiola with Lud’o for Cappellini, a chair “to dress” when and how the user wishes. The innovation with respect to “removable” covers lies in the ease and naturalness of the gesture. Whereas the act of removing the cover from a piece of furniture prompts visions of difficulty and complexity, based on practical experience (that of cleaning), the “dressing” can be a moment of aesthetic and physical pleasure. Lud’o dresses up in a simple, immediate way: just choose the padded covering (fabric, leather or other materials) and position it on the recycled plastic shell. All in a few seconds, but the pleasure offered by the gesture of change is intense: like that of a woman putting on a garment she loves.

Lud’o is the designer’s first project for Cappellini, in spite of two decades of friendship with the company’s art director Giulio Cappellini.

Lud’o is striking in its versatility: not that of a disposable cover, but that of a seasonal wardrobe, a very Italian tradition reinterpreted in a contemporary way, to allow people to experience the home in a more dynamic, flexible and updateable way.

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At a glance

What is it?
A chair that can be dressed and undressed: you can change the padding and covering with a simple gesture. Also available with an ottoman.
What is the design concept?
The possibility of transforming the chair simply by adding a “padded garment” that remains attached to the shell thanks to a system of fasteners. Immediate usability, borrowed from the world of fashion.
What is it made of?
The shell is in recycled and recyclable plastic. The cover comes in recycled nylon (the same kind used by high fashion labels) or in leather or fabric.
How and where is it manufactured?
Lud’o is produced inside two companies in Brianza, one for the structure and one for the padding. It is then assembled at the Cappellini Hub in Lentate sul Seveso.
What skills are needed to make it?
To make Lud’o molds are required for the recycled plastic structure, and particular tools are utilized to make the covers.
Where is the added value?
In the ease of the gesture of transformation, the possibility of updating the piece according to the season.
Three adjectives?
Young, fashionable, spontaneous.