New side chair and stool complement Crosshatch lounge chair as part of Herman Miller Collection
Chicago – June 13, 2016 – Launched in 2014, the Crosshatch Chair, designed by EOOS for Geiger, was a surprising departure from the traditional composition of a chair. Featuring parachute cord as seat and back support, the chair’s distinctive look and fine craftsmanship made it an immediate standout in the design community. Two years later, Geiger has worked with Vienna-based EOOS to develop the Crosshatch Stool and Side Chair, two equally well-crafted additions to the family of seating.
Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann, and Harald Gründl of EOOS brought their typical discipline to the new Crosshatch introductions. “We call our design process ‘poetical analysis,’” explains Bohmann. Bergmann continues, “We want to achieve a synthesis of construction and poetical expression. We are fascinated by how much emotional quality comes out of rationality.” Though neither new design features parachute cord, the stool and side chair share the original chair’s lightness of form, thoughtfully considered details, and carefully crafted wood structure.
Featuring a sculpted solid wood seat atop wood legs, the Crosshatch Stool brings a refined aesthetic to bar- or counter-height surfaces, and would be equally appropriate in a workplace, restaurant, or residential setting. The Crosshatch Side Chair has a hand-assembled wood frame, upholstered seat, and an upright posture that supports desk-side chats or other social interactions. In a walnut frame with a dark leather seat, the guest chair takes on a classic executive look, while in white ash and bright upholstery it becomes a vivid element in a modern interior.
New additions to the Herman Miller Collection, the Crosshatch Side Chair and Crosshatch Stool bring a minimalist refinement to any setting. Without over-designing any parts, EOOS optimally fashioned each element to serve its function. The gently sculpted forms accentuate the inherent beauty of their materials, crafted with the expertise for which Geiger is known.
Premiering in North America at NeoCon in Chicago, the Crosshatch Stool and Side Chair will be available to the trade in July 2016.
At Geiger, why and how things are done are inexorably one—achieving quality through craft, celebrating materiality through elegant simplicity, improving the work environment for individuals through design that endures. Standards of craftsmanship and customer satisfaction set more than 50 years ago by founder John Geiger have driven the company’s growth and continue to inspire people today. Founded in Toronto and headquartered in Atlanta since 1979, Geiger International is a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly held Herman Miller, Inc.
About The Herman Miller Collection
In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection, with the goal of “a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as Herman Miller endeavors to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.
About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past 12 years, and has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for the past eight years. In fiscal 2015, the company generated $2.14 billion in revenue and employed over 7,000 people worldwide. Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.
SOURCE: Herman Miller