sebastian herkner

Mati Chair for Zanat (2020)

The Mati collection for Zanat is a statement of grace and simplicity. The studio developed a fdining table and a dining chair. Much of the table’s character stems from cleverly considered joints between the legs, its frame and the tabletop, which create attractive details underneath the tabletop while giving an appearance of levitating tabletop lightness. Furthermore, the rounded edges on the tabletop render the table inviting and calm. The table’s character is not complete without its legs, rounded on the inside, but cut flat and hand-carved on the outside. The hand-carved texture was inspired by the cellular structure of wood, which is not only an attractive visual detail, but a reminder that wood once was a living organism. Table legs are designed with the same features as those of Mati chairs, creating a perfect match. Mati table is made entirely in solid European hardwoods and it comes in a variety of woods and finishes as well as several standard lengths. Customized lengths are also a possibility.

The dining chair has armrests, made entirely in solid wood with an upholstered seat. The design inspiration for Mati is about the pursuit of security. In functioning societies dinners are always about a delicious meal, interesting conversations and about comfort, of course. Comfortable chairs contribute to pleasant atmosphere. Thus, the name Mati (meaning mother in archaic Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian) was chosen to symbolize the chair’s motherly seating comfort.  

Mati features a graciously curved armrest that envelopes around an elevated backrest. Another design feature are the chair’s legs, curved on the inside, but cut flat and hand-carved on the outside. The carving pattern was inspired by the microscopic view of the cellular structure of wood, enabling the human eye to admire the material and to appreciate that it comes from a living organism, which makes a point about the importance of sustainability.  

Mati is simultaneously a robust and unexpectedly lightweight. The chair is available in a choice of woods (maple, ash, oak and walnut) with a natural oil finish or stained in black or wenge with a choice of high quality black or brown leather for the seat.

producer: Zanat