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While their oeuvre is varied, the designers of EOOS approach each project from the same perspective. “We call our design process ‘poetical analysis,’” explains Bohmann. “As soon as we find a word, a strong intuitive image, or a ritual the process starts. The idea lives its only life, and we just have to follow. At the end everyone, EOOS and our industrial partner, is surprised by the result.”
Surprise is a key element in Crosshatch, the chair EOOS designed for Geiger International, a Herman Miller company. With Crosshatch, EOOS uses parachute cords to supply the necessary support for seat and back support. “We have designed a wooden structure,” explains Bergmann, “with a floating basket made from parachute cords. The cords are an integral part of the construction. They are pulled down and the chair becomes a system of internal tension. Without them the chair would be unstable and would collapse.”