Division Twelve introduces a minimalist seat that’s barely there

Division Twelve’s colorful line of bent steel furniture, designed by EOOS, consists of only two curving steel tubes which form a backrest, and a thin plane of steel or wood veneer to form a seat.

Entitled Catty, or “The Barely There Chair,” the seat’s design is intended as a way to push the boundaries of the eco-conscious line of commercial furnishings.

“The shape is created by two sets of lines that meet for only a moment before they go off on their own again. The lines of the back curve under the seat to form an endless loop. With arms, this same line appears to twist up and around organically,” says Designer Martin Bergmann, EOOS.
Already, the entire Division Twelve collection of seating is 100 per cent recyclable, and uses Forest Steward Certified wood for all solid wood options; Catty’s minimalist form helped to explore minimal resource use. “Division Twelve is the perfect closed-loop product,” says Josephine Abate, Sustainability Officer. “All the materials are sourced sustainably and can be taken back up in the supply chain for re-use. However, Catty was a conscious exploration on how to minimize our environmental impact by reducing material needs without reducing scale or comfort.”

“The simplicity of the design and the flowing lines create a feeling of harmony that is very new and fresh, but also timeless,” says Designer Gernot Bohmann, EOOS. “You cannot do less or it is no longer a chair – you’re on almost nothing, but still feel supported and comfortable.”

Catty is available in café, bar stool and counter stool height – with arms and without. For convenience and increased flexibility of use, Catty can be stacked six to eight high. The seat is available in Division Twelve’s 20+ finish options which is expanded each year to include the Pantone Colour of the Year. Seats are available in 100 per cent steel for rugged or outdoor use, Natural White Oak, or Red Oak stained to match any Division Twelve powder coat finishes.

“We like the Earth. So we use materials it approves of and that last a lifetime. Our steel and textiles are fully recyclable, our seat foam contains bio-based ingredients, our solid wood is FSC certified (FSC C117042), and our seating is BIFMA LEVEL 2 certified. But we don’t just stop there. We use an eco-friendly powder coating process that limits VOC emissions in our metal frames. Plus, we’re a zero-waste to landfill facility – all to deliver sustainable furniture we can humblebrag about,” says the company.