Meet Olio Armchair

Designed by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo

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Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem

The new Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo invites you to take a seat. Composed of sweeping curves, plush modules and a carefully constructed framework, Olio balances personality with optimum comfort to create a modern and striking form.


Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem

"Focusing on the organic contours of the human figure, the Olio Armchair has been designed to emphasise the relationship between form and support. The continuity of curved and cylindrical components provide a softly sculpted cohesion and playfulness that highlights an intricate yet minimal design."

— Christina Bricknell


Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem
Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem

"With Olio we wanted to create an armchair that made you feel enclosed and comfortable but still felt open, light and inviting. The round and swept profiles each relate to specific contact points on the body and are positioned to provide optimal lumbar and back support. Aesthetically minimal, we wanted to ensure that Olio would retain a sense of personality and timelessness."

— Sarah Gibson & Nicholas Karlovasitis


Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem
Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem

All Things Considered


Behind its minimal design, Olio is carefully constructed with hidden fixings to allow the appearance of a floating lumbar and headrest. In addition to the ergonomics and comfort, the armchair is designed for future sustainability, allowing its owner to easily reupholster or replace parts after a long period of use.


  • Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem
  • Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem
Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem

Olio is available in our extensive range of House Materials as well as COM.


Olio Armchair by Christina Bricknell and Gibson Karlo | Round Upholstered Chair Steel Frame | DesignByThem
SHOP OLIO

Photography by Pete Daly.


Meet the Designers



  • CHRISTINA BRICKNELL

    Christina Bricknell is a furniture designer and maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Upon graduating from the ANU School of Art, Christina established her design studio, which focuses on exploring human, object and material interactions to create dynamic, sculptural and tactile pieces. When not in the studio, Christina lectures and tutors process-driven furniture design at the University of Melbourne.


  • GIBSON KARLO

    Designers Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis established DesignByThem in 2007 after graduating as Industrial Designers at the University of Technology Sydney. As co-directors and industrial designers, the two design products for DesignByThem and have grown the company to include a curated collection of furniture, accessories and lighting from a stellar cohort of Australian designers.

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