Based in Berlin, Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, and Carola Zwick began their partnership in 1992. They were looking for freedom to work on projects that interested them, without hierarchy or unneeded bureaucracy. The group’s name, Studio 7.5, comes from an early idea to rent a 7.5-ton truck, put a model shop in it, and drive from one project site to another. They call designing furniture designing “equipment” because they believe that pieces serve as functional tools above all else. Office chairs are one of their most award-winning ventures and have worked with Herman Miller on the beloved Setu, Mirra, and Cosm collections.