For Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl, and Martin Bergmann of EOOS, design is a poetic discipline. The three graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, and founded EOOS in Vienna in 1995. They have since been working in furniture, product, retail, and social, for clients including Giorgio Armani, Alessi, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MatteoGrassi, and Zumtobel.
While their portfolio is varied, the designers approach each project from the same perspective, which they call “poetical analysis”. Explains Bohmann, “We find a word, a strong intuitive image, or a ritual, and the process starts. The idea lives its life, and we just have to follow. At the end everyone is surprised by the result.”
Surprise is a key element in Crosshatch, the chair EOOS designed for Geiger. With Crosshatch, EOOS used parachute cords to supply the seat and back support. “We have designed a wooden structure,” explains Bergmann, “with a floating basket made from parachute cords. The cords are pulled down, and the chair becomes a system of internal tension. Without them the chair would be unstable.”