When designing the Oblique family of products, we wanted to ensure a quality sitting experience for the user in a real soft easy chair, but within minimal dimensions. It is these requirements that have created the recognizable profile of this set of chairs. The profile underlines two triangular prisms. They ensure the greatest thickness of the foam on the major points of support for the body when sitting: the back side of the seat and the lumbar zone of the backrest. The narrowed plane where the volume from the seat blends into the backrest improves the ergonomics, but also allows for the elasticity of the backrest. The top of the legs has a rectangular cross-section, but becomes increasingly thin towards the bottom, turning ultimately into a triangular base. This way, we have reduced the robustness of the wooden profiles of the structure and have given the design a geometric expressive and contemporary character. We have perfected the products through time, offering, in addition to the wooden leg structure, an alternative metal version that also includes an armrest. The Oblique family also comprises a larger dining table and low tables.
Numen/ForUse is a Croatian-Austrian design collective working in the fields of scenography, industrial and spatial design and conceptual art. The group was first formed in 1998 as a collaborative effort of industrial designers. Under the banner ForUse they designed for Cappellini, ClassiCon, Desalto, Interlubke, Magis, MDF Italia, Moroso and Zanotta. Numen/ForUse are the only Croatian contemporary product designers whose works are regularly represented in global anthologies of contemporary design.