When designing the Segment, we were interested in finding a solution for the hierarchy in combining elements for modular upholstered furniture. In the case of any conventional modular sofa, there is always one element that 'dominates' and directs the system of combinations. In the case of the Segment, borders on the main element used for the seat, backrest and armrests are sloped at a 45-degree angle. This allows free combining of the system on all three axes. The main reference for this design was the seven-segment character display used on earlier digital clocks. That is also how the sofa got its name. With this concept, the user has the opportunity to compose various and even unconventional compositions in space. Countless combinations of the base and backrest form a system that is functional and open for designing diverse interior landscapes.
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.