Design GarciaCumini.

Versatile and functional: this is Herringbone, designed by GarciaCumini and displayed at Milano Furniture Fair 2019.

The essence of the collection is an enveloping shell in curved plywood. A linear, refined and elegant element, which manifests itself in the fundamental concepts of the Piaval’s philosophy: the winning synthesis between tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The shell is the result of a journey through time: it revisits the line of multilayer wood seats of the 50s, and reinterprets and renews the production processes of industrial design of that period; unlike the iconic models that inspired it, made up of a single curved element, Herringbone is composed of two distinct parts, perfectly mirroring each other.

The surface of the seat, linear in the models of the past, becomes here a decorative element that catches the eye thanks to a graphic sign recurring in the world of decorative arts: the Herringbone. A geometry that makes the symmetry of the shell evident and that is elegantly repeated in some small details: it is emphasized by the fold and the thin cut in the back of the backrest or recalled in the end profile of the cushion, in the version with upholstered seat.

Herringbone embodies a core value of Piaval’s philosophy: tailor-made design. The collection offers a range of responses to the different needs of contract, changing look and function depending on the base and accessories. Solid wooden legs, steel tubulars, race-shaped swivel bases… give life to a range of models, ranging from chairs to bar stools, office and waiting seats.

The possibility of making each of these seats more comfortable thanks to the cushion and armrests, represents an option perfectly in line with one of the objectives that Piaval has always pursued: the development of a design based on well-being and ergonomics.

I like to define Herringbone as the Petite-Robe-Noire” – underlines Cinzia Cumini – “because it is the emblem of timeless elegance, indispensable and perfect in any context. A collection that thanks to its versatility and variety of models allows everyone to customize the environment according to their taste and needs.”