Born in Sweden in 1965, Thomas Meyerhoffer is a creator and visionary. After earning a degree in Industrial Design from Art Center, he started his journey with an internship at Porsche, only to Go West to California for IDEO. It was there Meyerhoffer was introduced to the idea of giving objects meaning through its form, working with Naoto Fukasawa. He further formed these notions at Apple working alongside Sir Jony Ive on projects like the eMate and iMac. That taught him to combine the fields of art, craft and technology. These theories, merged with contemporary culture, make up Meyerhoffer’s design practice today.
M2 chair. Fiberglass, Leather, 130cm x 90cm x 100cm
Milano furniture fair 2001. Photo: Cappellini.
Outdoor version in Stracciatella fiberglass by Son of Cobra
Prototypes at the studio
PROJECT: CAPPELINI CHAIR
INFORMATION: Commissioned by Giulio Cappellini for the 2001 Milano Furniture fair, Thomas was asked to propose a new form of the object we all know. The design of this chair is based on the principle that there is no perfect way to sit for too long. In fact, the best way for us to relax is to change position now and then. With this notion, Thomas set out to design a chair that invites you to sit "any what you like". The design allows the user to either sit in a conventional way or straddle the chair, much like sitting in a saddle. Swinging your legs over the rounded sides, perhaps even use the hole on top of the chair as a handle, similar to the bars on a gymnastic pommel horse. Dressed in soft-sculpted Italian leather, the seating material is modeled on the classic Ferrari's of the '80s, and the structure of the chair is in fiberglass. The chair was introduced at the Milano Furniture Fair in 2001 and was much liked by the audience; however, the orders were never fulfilled as the legendary Italian furniture manufacturer went into bankruptcy that same year. The experience of working together with Giulio and his team of dedicated and generous craftsmen was a fantastic experience for Thomas and will never be forgotten!