Documentation Center for Social Practices
imm cologne 2020 has provided its annual update on the state of our lifestyles. Our review of the trade fair.
The coming classic
Leather, steel, laces – no more. What looks like an exhibit for an exhibition on archaism, reveals astounding quality once in use: coziness. The leather molds itself to the body, the backrest and lacing yield flexibly. You will never have sat on less.
Cuoio is the archetypal chair. Its slits in the back are its secret. They give shape, ergonomics and set visual accents. Cuoio is a synthesis of function and aesthetics – a prime example of successful design.
Renouncing all upholstery materials results in a minimalistic, striking and comfortable chair. Durability and sustainability are the logical consequence; the older the leather gets, the more it gains a patina. That is perhaps the most beautiful thing about this chair. The imperfect in perfection. A coming classic. Cuoio is made for eternity, for children and grandchildren.
The three of them experimented with saddle leather, a strong, solid leather which is difficult to mold. They cut out a slightly tapered triangle and slit it twice in what would be the back area. “The fascinating thing is,” says Gernot Bohmann, “if we occasionally join these vertical slits, the leather changes ergonomically. The flat material becomes a three-dimensional form – with amazing comfort thanks to a flexible wire framework.” The function of the slits is threefold: ergonomic, structural and aesthetic. Lacing underneath the seat ensures elastic support. “Here too we have a role model,” says Martin Bergmann. “The tradition of the welted Viennese laced shoe.” To mark the tenth anniversary of Cuoio, EOOS revised the minimalist draft. The essence of the essence so to speak – even more comfortable for its users.
|Seat finish||without upholstery|
|Base finish||with rockers|
|Backrest finish||with backrest|
without back padding
|Armrest finish||without armrests|