The humble plastic chair owes a debt of gratitude to the Resol Group’s brand DD. Indeed, it has breathed new life into the genre, transforming it from frumpy poor relation into a fun, sexy, versatile, must-have everyone wants to perch on. Restaurants, cafés, terraces, offices, classrooms, common rooms – all look vibrant and inviting when furnished with DD’s colourful chairs and tables.
Stop off in any city and there’s a good chance you’ll come across Bob, Fiona, Julia, or Lama or Peach – DD likes you to be on first-name terms with its offspring. DD’s Decorating The World blog notes that, in recent months, Lama has been spotted in the Boston Bakery restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, and Sage Café in Sydney, while Fiona graces Caracas auditing firm KPMG’s HQ, and Bob has made its way to the civic centre in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Although the world is filled with thousands of plastic chairs to choose from, businesses everywhere gravitate to DD’s products because of their winning combination of unmistakable designer good looks and affordable prices.
The DD brand was set up in 2001 by the Resol Group, which is based in Gerona, northern Spain, to offer stylish, plastic injection-moulded furniture. The advantages of injection-moulding are that it’s quick and easy to produce high volumes of a design; and it needs little finishing done to it after the moulding. Furniture produced this way can be sold at far more competitive prices than products that require several manufacturing processes and more input from the human hand.
What’s more, DD products can be used as both outdoor and indoor furniture because they’re waterproof. This makes them appeal to businesses with outdoor and indoor spaces, such as cafés, which don’t want to invest in two sets of furniture.
The brand’s success is also down to the designers chosen to co-create the collections, notably Josep Lluscá, Joan Gaspar, Lluís Codina and Flavio Cicilani. Others have been invited to design for DD, but this quartet has proved to have a winning formula. They all understand the manufacturing process key to DD, and, thanks to their love of pure forms and flair with colour, their designs always bring something new to the table.
Some of the latest DD creations, including the Kat and NetKat chairs, created by renowned industrial designer Lluscá, stand out for their lightness, ergonomic qualities, attractive dimensions and for being low-maintenance. Aesthetically pleasing and boasting curved lines, they are inviting to sit on. They are modern-looking, comfortable and durable. Both these chairs are made from high quality polypropylene using gas-injection technology. (This involves introducing compressed nitrogen into the mould’s cavities during injection. This creates a hollow area allowing the plastic to be optimally distributed.)
This year, the brand will launch Carla, a stackable chair for indoor and outdoor use. Designed by Fabrizio Batoni, another designer DD has commissioned, its seat and back are injected with polypropylene and fibreglass.
Founded in 1963, the Resol Group manufactures plastic products with high added value in design, innovation and technology. With customers in more than 60 countries, the group is a leading company in the development, manufacture and sale of resin furniture and technical thermoplastics.