Artisan Maximilian Eicke had been ruminating on the Sloth concept for years. Inspiration first struck when he used sheets of plywood laminated over self-built molds to create a curved seating form for a prototype of another piece. His mother noticed the unfinished form on the floor, commending him on what she thought was a chair. At the time, it wasn’t, but years later, after 20 different incarnations, it has become the Sloth, Eicke’s first plastic chair ($198; shown).
Eicke, whose sleek Panther table earned kudos from The New York Times, named the lounger for an animal known for its languorous nature; the sloth essence “fit perfectly” with the chair’s intended summertime environment of pools, polo matches, and outdoor concerts. “The different colors make it a statement piece,” says Eicke, who offers the Sloth chair in nine different colors. Also available in handwoven rattan over a handmade aluminum frame ($248), the chair has integrated handles, rendering it easy-to-tote, along with a curved design that avoids the scratch-and-bump associated with traditional outdoor loungers. The Christy’s Art Center, 3 Madison St., Sag Harbor, 725-7000