Tribute to Visser

PUK SZ 19 KIKI VAN EIJK X SZ 01
“To me, Martin Visser’s furniture pieces always embody the essence. It’s all about his language of forms, those clear lines. A bit like the way children draw things, only with a skilled hand. That’s unique, because adults often lose their intuition and then tend to take a roundabout approach. That’s why the simplicity of the SZ 01 immediately caught my eye: the sleek lines of the industrial-looking steel in combination with the traditional wicker… It all comes together beautifully, but also creates a splendid contrast. The wicker also reminds me of the texture of cloth, which I often work with. In my design, I wanted to use the same clear lines to make a chair with a rounder, warmer character. While I was working on my initial sketches, my six-year-old son decided to help. He made a very apposite, clear drawing which I then reduced to two lines. That became the foundation. I spent an eternity finetuning, of course, looking for the right proportions and curve, and gave the chromed steel a deep royal blue powder coating for warmness. The name Puk SZ 19 nicely combines my process and Visser’s idea. In the past, the chair was sometimes called Cato, a name that can be traced back to the meaning of ‘pure’. That’s exactly what I see in a child’s approach – in this case, my son Puk.”

MATERIALS

steel, pitriet

YEAR

2020

DIMENSIONS

87 x 76 x 63 cm

PHOTOS

Arjan Benning

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