Hocker Heinrich’s Minimalist Stool

The precise and elegant form of HOCKER HEINRICH’S delicate concrete body is captivating. Smooth outer surfaces stand in complimentary tension to the faceted interior forms. Light and shadow create a game of shifting perspectives depending on the angle of observation. While concrete furniture has tended towards compact and cubic structures, HOCKER HEINRICH reinterprets the material with a new approach that renders its technical execution a considerable challenge. The stool is hand-made in Berlin. The individual surface structures created during the manufacturing process give each stool a unique appearance, making it a one-of-a-kind. The weatherproof character of concrete also renders the stool suitable for outdoors.

Designed by Panatom with Matthias Froböse, the stool gets its name from the German playwright Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811). To date, the first edition of the stool has been appointed to the permanent collection at Kleist-Museum in Frankfurt (Oder) in an exhibition structured to follow the cannon of Kleistian interpretative works: segments of the floor create a topography that the visitor can explore; highly polished steel rods stand against the darkness amidst interactive light displays generating excerpts from Kleist’s work. A contemporary interpretation, the exhibit creates fresh new paths in the mediation of literature and represents a strong inspiration for HOCKER HEINRICH. With an unwieldiness of Kleistian language, the piece finds its counterpart in the heaviness of concrete.


Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, web designer and former senior editor for ODDA magazine, a glossy 500+ page high fashion magazine. In addition to his work for ODDA, he is also a freelance writer for LAB A4 and a creative director for various projects across various industries where he specializes in branding, identity and visual strategy. He is also the founding editor of PLOY.