This piece of design is about what is seen and unseen, and what only seems visible. It’s about perception.
Following the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi, the acceptance of imperfection, the Ume explores ideas of geometry and asymmetry. The irregular running outline of the sphere, transforming its geometry, reveals technological and constructive virtuosity. Examination of the angularity results in a surprisingly soft shape and an ergonomic, comfortable seat. Two waves of the fabric folded on the backrest display a very honest approach to textile upholstery, one which covers a complex and sophisticated form. The direction of the fabric folds is very important here as it shows the simplicity of both the textile and the approach to the craftsmanship. The asymetrical shape creates an illusion. The parts of the solid structure smoothly turn into angles. The folded textile, and the way it’s laid on the fur- niture, becomes the integral part of the form, giving it definition and providing a final touch to its geometry by shaping the edges and bringing out softness and smoothness in an almost intuitive way. To perceive what is inside is to follow the flow and break through the illusion of distorted reality. The Ume series includes armchair and the sofa.