Studio Nitzan Cohen


He Said

A joyful project with wonderful people… A great example that no matter what technology one has(and Mattiazzi has the latest in CAD wood working) it is still all about the basics, about carpentry work, an intuition for wood together with years of experience and most of all tons of love for it all.

Below is a text from Jonathan Olivares commenting about the project…

I find several points of interest in your project for Mattiazzi.
The masculine-feminine variation between HE SAID and SHE SAID reminds me of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Aside from their clothing, the differences between them are subtle – Mickey’s nose is slightly bigger and Minnie has eyelashes, HE SAID has protruding, aggressive armrests, while SHE SAID’s curve down gently. It’s strange that chairs haven’t always had masculine and feminine variations, when so many other products do. In Freudian analysis, knifes are male and spoons are female. The best sets of cutlery have great tension between the knife and spoon and I can see a similar tension between HE SAID and SHE SAID. Distinguishing chairs in this way re-imagines their role, introduces a new dynamic between chairs, and a new form of product development for them.

Expanding a product’s range by varying its size and function is an approach common in the tableware industry. Your collection has the continuity of a family of plates and bowls. The proportional adjustments between SHE SAID and SHE SAID lowide, are nicely done, there is a clear and natural relationship between them.

Titling furniture with a phrase is refreshing! It reminds me of something Eames said regarding Saarinen; that he was a concept man and that the name Womb, was outside the vocabulary of a decorator. I’m sure that in the 1940s calling his chair Womb was a radical thing to do. I think it’s important that we renew the kinds of names we give to furniture and HE SAID / SHE SAID is doing just that.

The top half of HE SAID / SHE SAID reveals the sophistication of Mattiazzi’s manufacturing technologies. The smooth geometry that joins the backrest, armrests and legs is the formal language of injection-molded plastic, and it’s surprising to see in wood. I gather that using an 8-axis CNC machine to carve wood is essentially the reverse process of excavating an aluminum mould for a plastic chair. So industrial wood is not an oxymoron. The level of handcraft in the joints that run along these contoured surfaces is also impressive. When it came to the legs and seat you kept the manufacturing simple, using straight stock and bent planes. This mixture of high and low-tech processes gives the collection a strong identity.

These pieces are ambitious, push their production technology, update nomenclature, and restructure our concept of how a family of chairs is composed. You’ve brought some liberated and radical notions to furniture, and managed to make some solid products.


Commission: Mattiazzi
Team: Caroline Perret, Gerhardt Kellermann
Photography: Gerhardt Kellermann, Marcus Gaab