CUGINO

KONSTANTIN GRCIC

MATERIALS
Oak of European origin and legal wood cutting
Pine frame with FORBO Desktop® Linoleum seat

DIMENSIONS
330 x 330 x h450 mm

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MC 20 — CUGINO
STOOL/TABLE
BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC

MC 20 — CUGINO
STOOL/TABLE
BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC

MC 20 — CUGINO
STOOL/TABLE
BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC

MC 20 — CUGINO
STOOL/TABLE
BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC

MC 20 — CUGINO SOFT
STOOL/TABLE
BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC

2023 NOVELTY - CUGINO SOFT

Why CUGINO soft? In one of my weekly video calls with Cristina Salvati (Global Sales & Marketing Director at Mattiazzi), she told me that it is increasingly difficult to find quality oak. There is less of it and prices have gone up steeply. There are different reasons for this. The war in Ukraine and the resulting supply shortages, growing competition and an increasingly protective market economy.

CUGINO is made of fairly thick solid oak. The quality of the wood gives the stool its character and beauty. I wanted CUGINO to remain original, made of high-quality material and without compromise. In order to achieve this, we had to accept longer delivery times and a slight increase in costs. But this sacrifice triggered a plan B. I thought, what if we put a simpler, more economical version alongside the original oak CUGINO? Not in exchange, but as an alternative, as a completely independent piece of furniture with other attributes and different properties.

CUGINO soft is made of construction timber – the quality that roof trusses are made of: spruce wood. It is very different from oak. Less noble maybe, but lighter in weight and pale grained. The timber can be sourced locally, the trees grow quickly and in large numbers. That has its effect on the price. The geometry of CUGINO soft is exactly the same as the original, but the round seat is covered with coloured linoleum. Some may now consider it more as a side table than a stool. That’s okay, CUGINO soft is a lot like its big brother, but different.

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CUGINO is an expertly constructed wooden object that is ‘not a stool’ and ‘not a low table’, but could in fact be both – CUGINO will find its use over time. Konstantin Grcic, who has a history in wood work, used the opportunity to experiment with the interplay of solidity and void to find a form that is open for interpretation, not given a function from the outset. It is not about structure, it is not about economy; it is a deliberate departure. It relies on Mattiazzi’s skill with complex joinery, construction and fine finishing.

“CUGINO is the result of many tries; it happened over time, with wanting it to be an object that we don’t already know, but also something that is maybe a little bit familiar.” Konstantin Grcic

DESIGNER

KONSTANTIN GRCIC