Void Matters Explores Just What It Is That Defines Shape

04.26.21 | By
Void Matters Explores Just What It Is That Defines Shape
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We first introduced Note Editions and their direct-to-consumer sales platform last summer with the Mallow Lounge Chair. This spring they’ve added a second exclusive product range, Void Matters. Launched in collaboration with Sancal, the furniture collection explores what defines shape – the form itself or the absence that surrounds it. Everyone now has the opportunity to purchase exclusive versions of the two chairs and sofas, a set of poufs and a table via Note Editions.


Based on an experiment rather than a brief, the pieces in the Void Matters family explore the relationship between positive and negative space. The result ended with the collection –– objects that are also functional furniture. The pieces are available in a range of finishes and upholstery options exclusive to Note Editions, and each is fitted with a fabric tag of certification.

armchair detail

“The idea was to put emphasis on nothing. Specifically, on the negative space surrounding physical objects. By acknowledging this emptiness, it becomes a design element just as important as the objects themselves,” shared Cristiano Pigazzini, co-founder of Note Design Studio. “While positive shapes often are associated with strong, active qualities, negative space is calm and peaceful and leaves room for interpretation. Our thesis was that the juxtaposition of these two relative spaces would bring something new and thought-provoking to a room.”


Core and Remnant are opposite forms of the same silhouette in the form of two armchairs. Core is inspired by classic furniture forms through a combination of a generous seat and a curved backrest. Remnant is the negative outline of Core turned solid. Vestige sculptural tables were inspired by the passage of time and material traces of the past. A cuboidal block base has a semi-cylindrical shape cut from it, creating two supports for the  tabletop. The final piece of the Void Matters family is Dividuals, a set of organically contoured poufs that each fill the space around the other.

upholstery detail

sofa and coffee table


armchair detail

table with objects and otttoman

table with objects

table with object

table detail

stacked armchair, ottoman, table, pouffe

pouffe detail

ottoman detail

stool detail

upholstery detail

To learn more about Void Matters, visit

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.