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.
Front view, M2 chair
In the window of the studio
Milano furniture fair 2001
"Sit on it anyway you like"
Outdoor version in stracciatella by Son of Cobra
Prototypes outside the studio
PROJECT: CAPPELINI CHAIR
INFORMATION: Commissioned by Giulio Cappellini for the 2001 Milano Furniture fair, Thomas was asked to propose a new form for 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. It was with this notion that Thomas set out to design a chair that invite you to sit "any what you like". The design of this chair 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 80's 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 where 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!