Our HE SAID / SHE SAID series was the first product of the Mattiazzi collection. By now, the works by Sam Hecht, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Konstantin Grcic have entered and form an exciting discourse and dialogue. Solo continues this discourse but from a slightly different, more reduced point of view.
When SOLO was developed, the aim was to incorporate as much as possible from the Mattiazzi production process, in order to cultivate it into a versatile unique, and cost-efficient chair. We can now happily say that this aim was successfully reached: SOLO is cost-efficient like no other series in the Mattiazzi collection, yet it still upholds the quality level of handwork and the love of details its predecessors so successfully marked.
This robust yet simple and refined furniture family was developed to be used in cafés and restaurants, which is why it offers great flexibility, in terms of both its use and the variations offered. Though simplicity was key with the project, it was very important to find the right nuance and tune the right details as a means of accurately creating the right character for each piece.
In every project special details play a key role, but here they became even more important, as we needed to minimize them in order to maintain cost-efficiency. A special feature of both the chair and stool is a leather inlay, perfectly integrated in the seat surface. Likewise, it offers a wider variety of colour-matching possibilities, as well as the great tactile qualities of natural leather. Playing further with SOLO’s versatility, we worked with local craftsman on finely sewn leather upholstery for the chair’s backrest.
SOLO is more of a character, a bit hard but very round, very simple but also intricate, practical and pragmatic but offering a great deal. It’s a café chair, a bar stool that makes no fuss about what it does, a character that says, plainly: “Have a seat,” and one happily complies.
Team: Gerhardt Kellermann
Photography: Gerhardt Kellermann