Dobre Chair by Numen / For Use
Dobra is based on the traditional typology of a wooden chair with an upholstered seat. The chair’s character is defined with a double, symmetrically placed leg cones. On the cones joints, the axis changes angle in order to meet the functional geometry parameters, thus bringing the dynamics in the conservative form of archetypal wooden chair with armrests.
We have reinterpreted the traditional typology of a wooden chair with armrests using a characteristic 'break' in the geometry of front legs. Rounded geometry of turned armrests and the backrest is mirrored in the lenticular cushions. Primarily functional intersection between the legs and transversal bars on the seat maintains geometrical exactness. Intersections between the backrest and armrests, perceptible by touch, were created according to the principles of organic transformation of volume. Those contrasts between 'soft' and 'hard' elements and intersections shape the Dobra's characteristic formal language.
- Structure solid wood + oil / lacquer / colour lacquer
- Seat moulded foam
- Upholstery fabric / leather
- Width 23.2 inches
- Depth 21.2 inches
- Height 31.1 inches
- Seat Height 18.8 inches
Dobre Collection is made to order. Lead time would be 9-10 weeks.
Numen / For Use
NUMEN/FORUSE IS A CROATIAN-AUSTRIAN DESIGN COLLECTIVE WORKING IN THE FIELDS OF SCENOGRAPHY, INDUSTRIAL AND SPATIAL DESIGN AND CONCEPTUAL ART. THE GROUP WAS FIRST FORMED IN 1998 AS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS.
Under the banner ForUse they designed for Cappellini, ClassiCon, Desalto, Interlubke, Magis, mdf Italia, Moroso and Zanotta. Numen/ForUse designs interiors and outdoor spaces in cooperation with architecture studios 3lhd (Croatia) and Imarea (Austria). In 2008 the collective turns its focus towards configuring objects and concepts, an activity resulting in more hybrid and experimental works such as the Numen-Light series, Tape Installation and Net. From 2004 onwards, they became intensely involved with scenography. Numen/ForUse are the only Croatian contemporary product designers whose works are regularly represented in global anthologies of contemporary design.
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