Leva is the first timber chair designed by Foster + Partners. Manufactured by Mattiazzi, it combines craftsmanship with sophisticated machinery to create a comfortable and ergonomically designed chair. Inspired by the efficiency of form and materiality of an oar, it is carved and shaped in response to its functionality. The sparing use of material is rooted in the idea of sustainability – to do more with less. Capitalising on the tactility of timber, the gentle ergonomically-designed curve on the seat creates a comfortable cushion that encourages you to sit back and relax.
The new OVO furniture range for Benchmark celebrates the age-old tradition of craftsmanship in everyday objects, combining durability and careful detailing with a strong materiality to create a range of furniture that is exceptionally tactile and generous. Its soft geometry not only imbues the range with a quiet solidity, but also serves as a compelling invitation to touch, while the boldness and simplicity of its form demands perfection of execution of the craft.
The Cove chair responds to the desire for privacy within busy spaces. Its generously curved form provides ample room for a person to relax or work in comfort, while offering them a sense of seclusion without the need for walls. The design explores the spatiality of personal space, expanding the notion of a simple chair in terms of function and materiality.
The starting point of the Nomos Table is the spine, to which are added legs, feet, supports, work surfaces and superstructures, while a vertebra-like conduit carries cabling. With its characteristic splayed feet the desk is evocative of the Lunar Landing Module, or a grasshopper. Utilising this stable frame, the system can accommodate shelves, storage, screens, lighting and signage – an assembly governed by the ergonomics of the human form, seated or standing.
Airline is a seating system developed with Vitra for use in public areas. The key criteria were that it should be flexible and cost-effective, have a light and non-institutional look, and be comfortable and yet capable of withstanding the rigours of public use. It was also important that the seating be easy to transport and install. The system is based on extruded and cast aluminium components refined to their minimum thickness and weight. A variety of configurations can be achieved complemented by a choice of materials for both seat and back.