Sculpted Forms - Gabriel Tan for Herman Miller

“Beauty is a function” says Porto-based designer Gabriel Tan, who describes his Luva Modular Sofa Group as being as comfortable as it is visually pleasing. Alongside the Cyclade Tables, Luva is Tan’s first collaboration with Herman Miller.

Embracing a commitment to collaboration, Herman Miller actively engages with up-and-coming talents, providing a platform for their unique visions to flourish.

By nurturing these relationships, the company has played a pivotal role in bringing about new and exciting design perspectives to the forefront of the industry. The sculptural designs emanating from this collaboration showcase a fusion of fresh ideas and Herman Miller's legacy of craftsmanship. From avant-garde office chairs to contemporary home furnishings, the company's support for emerging designers has resulted in a diverse range of products that not only captivate with their artistic flair but also embody the spirit of the next generation of design excellence.

Take one look at the Luva Modular Sofa Group and you’ll see the possibilities of its distinctive shape. The back lifts up or moves down based on how you prefer to sit, and the modular pieces can be connected or separated. With Luva, you don’t have to choose comfort over style – form and function are truly one in this incredibly versatile and visually irresistible design.

Designer Gabriel Tan designed Luva – Portuguese for “glove” – at his studio in Porto, Portugal. Tan drew inspiration from the shape of boxing gloves, with their soft grip and padded support, and Japanese futons – or Shikibuton – and their delicate rolled tops that provide as much function as visual interest. The result is a soft, billowy form, grounded by natural textiles and organic lines.
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"Luva and Cyclade explore the interaction between humans and furniture; how we use them and configure them to suit our spaces and life, and how furniture designs in themselves relate to one another, and engage in a visual and functional discourse."

Each table in the Cyclade family is distinctive, with organic curves that work just as well intertwined as they do apart. They can nest together, creating a trio of tables with different heights and purposes. Separately, their varied forms shine – balancing smooth, curved edges and intriguing negative space. Arrange and rearrange, with elements found nearby, based on the needs of a particular space.
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Designer Gabriel Tan designed Cyclade – Greek for “encircling islands” – at his studio in Porto. He was inspired by the form of Pangea, with islands coming together and flowing apart seamlessly. Much like these islands, the shape of the three tables features smooth curves, notched openings, and pass-throughs. The negative space is as carefully considered – even celebrated – as the main design. The result is a sculptural beauty just right for the heart of a living space.

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