Herman Miller Partners With Gabriel Tan on Luva Modular Sofa + Cyclade Tables
“When a design is successful, different people can read it in different ways. Depending on where you’re from, you can interpret and relate to these designs in a totally different way from somebody else across the world,” said Portugal-based Singaporean designer Gabriel Tan. His focus lies in the interaction between humans and furniture – how we use and configure it to suit our life, no matter the stage we’re in. Today, in a first-time partnership with Herman Miller, Tan’s Luva Modular Sofa Group and Cyclade Tables hit the market. Organic and modular, both collections work across disciplines while reinterpreting the use of traditional craft and technology.
Tan pays homage to various cultural intersections in these comfortable and functional designs. Relaxing and supportive, the Luva Modular Sofa does it all. “Luva” is the Portuguese word for glove, fitting because the furniture’s shape is inspired by the soft grip and padding of boxing gloves, as well as Japanese futons or shikibuton. The visual form is soft, but grounded thanks to natural textiles and organic lines.
As for the qualities shared between the sofa group, boxing gloves, and futon, Luva can expand into a higher, open back for further relaxation and more supported seat. The sofa group is available in several configurations: armchair, chaise lounge, sofa, and sectional. Add further variety with a detachable ottoman. A bar hidden near the bottom of the seat allows pieces to be easily grouped together or moved apart as needed.
“We’re thrilled with our partnership with Gabriel,” notes Ben Watson, President, Herman Miller. “Herman Miller takes pride in collaborating with the world’s best designers. Tan is a designer who is dedicated to preserving and elevating craftsmanship while creating dynamic furnishings that support the evolving needs of today’s customer, wherever they are.”
The Cyclade Tables are equally versatile and functional, a trio inspired by the form of Pangea – islands coming together and flowing apart. Each of the three table designs is unique and organic, working as well apart as they do as a group. Cyclade is available in a low table with an optional glass bowl for entertaining, displaying objects, or adding greenery, as well as mid and high table variations. The result, in any configuration, is a nod to Tan’s appreciation of Isamu Noguchi.
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