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January 26, 2007

Helmut Lübke's Final Design for Cor


The Cologne Furniture Fair felt the presence of German designer Helmut Lübke, who died this past October, with his LAVA seating experience. This unstructured silhouette is designed to accommodate -- not dictate -- how we unwind be it by flopping, slouching, cuddling -- or sitting up straight. Looking more like a giant playground than a living room suite, the mat and chaise pull aside so floor-squatters can lounge just a trifle above the floor, while perchers can laze up on high.

LAVA is just the latest modular sofa grouping in the 52-year history of Cor (Michael Bayer created a 5-piece modular unit for Cor in 1959 -- one of the first of its kind). Founded originally by Lübke's father in 1954, a young Helmut was handed the company to run at the ripe age of 18, and then turned Cor over to the 3rd generation, son Leo, in 1994.

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