New developments in softness

New developments in softness

Patterns, colours, textures and coverings from the soft world of upholstery

The world of upholstered furniture is one of the most magical areas of design, with the most extravagant shapes and brightest colours combining to form delicate clouds to cradle our well-deserved moments of relaxation and more. Contemporary living is a place for sharing, entertainment, play and sometimes even work. The sofa remains the undisputed star of our rooms, a visual centrepiece of this space, a catalyst for all mingling, whether it’s spending an evening with family, friends or just kicking back in peaceful solitude. A whole constellation of smaller satellite furnishings has developed around the sofa, transforming and adapting the living room to every moment of the day, spanning a plethora of needs: ottomans, armchairs, modular systems and chaise longues are all just waiting to be discovered. 

The most innovative project Baxter (Pav 02, C 27) brings to the Fair this year is designed by Christophe Delcourt: the Clara modular sofa, made from organic elements that may be combined to create customized compositions. The seating emerges from the coming together of solids and hollows, in assemblages spawned by concave and convex curves. Alongside Clara, Delcourt also designed Beki, a line of ottomans that recalls the shape of pebbles, rendering these “decomposed compositions” even more fun, informal and infused with the personality of whoever brings them into their home environment. 

Baxter, Clara sofa

Baxter, Clara sofa, design by Christophe Delcourt

Designed by David/Nicolas and made by Tacchini (Pav 02, L 19), the Victoria modular system is a collection of armchairs, corner pieces, chaise longues and ottomans whose hallmark is regal comfort. A tubular metal supporting structure – available in polished chrome, matte black chrome and black paint – forms the base of the product, making it look like it’s floating, with a sort of crown at the rear. The line is rounded off by a series of coffee tables with mirrored tops, which combine with the other elements to create infinite furnishing compositions. Thanks to its modular nature, Victoria can be combined and reconfigured at will for the space in which it is located, making it particularly well-suited for use in the contract sector. 

Tacchini, Victoria

Tacchini, Victoria sofas and armchairs, design by David/Nicolas

Ghost goes green is a new installation by Gervasoni (Pav 04, E 01), which in an ironic way presents the latest version of the Ghost collection of upholstered furniture designed by Paola Navone. In its earlier version, the removable cover made it possible to change the sofa by switching covers. Now, the collection is entirely made out of certified materials from renewable sources that are both recycled and recyclable. Gervasoni has focused on the product’s engineering: each object may easily be disassembled for more effective and efficient recycling of its constituent parts; they may also be repaired or replaced with great ease. A collection of photographic images at the Fair shows just how Ghost has evolved, from its mechanical springs to feet made out of recycled material, wood from certified forests, and zippers that, used instead of staples, facilitate disassembly. As if in a declaration of intent, each element is presented in deconstructed form to showcase Gervasoni’s more product-aware approach. 

Gervasoni, Ghost goes green 

Gervasoni, Ghost Goes Green sofa, design by Paola Navone

Campeggi (Pav 04, N 07), the poster-company of customization and flexible space, brings its Matali Crasset-designed Dynamic Life sofa to “supersalone” 2021. Configurable to cater to its owner’s desires, this shape-shifting sofa is a paean to the active enjoyment of comfort. Its dynamic form – hence the name – is a far cry from the complicated mechanisms that usually turn a sofa into a bed; instead, this item uses a simple gesture to transform the item at a touch of a button into a seat, a chaise longue or double bed. 

Campeggi, Dynamic Life sofa bed

Campeggi, Dynamic Life sofa bed, design by Matali Crasset

Moroso’s (Pav 04, A 02) eclectic, bubbly world is in love with life. Now it is coloured by the Salon Nanà collection designed by Annabel Karim Kassar. Inspired by the places where the French-Lebanese architect has lived and travelled (indeed, one of the available coverings is based on the pattern of the djellaba, a black-and-white-striped Moroccan tunic for men), the collection’s elements evoke the convivial atmosphere of the late 19th century, in a flexible, modular sofa system that adapts to the most diverse situations. Nanà sofas are crafted with large feather cushions and a range of cosy fabrics, from stripes to stunning primary colour options in linen, cotton and velvet fabrics, and prints. The sofa may be paired with Mezze, a low, talking-point mattress traditionally used in Middle Eastern homes, living rooms and majlis seating. 

Moroso, Salon Nanà

Moroso, Salon Nanà sofas, design by Annabel Karim Kassar – photo by Paul Raeside Living Inside

Antonio Citterio designed the Gregory XL seating system for Flexform (Pav 02, A 14), further expanding the Gregory system’s modularity with a series of new, outsized elements, making it possible to create configurations of generous proportions designed to offer the utmost comfort. The rigour of the solid metal base and its die-cast aluminium feet is softened by leather (available in tobacco, dark brown, grey and black) on the visible parts of the elastic straps on which the seat cushions rest; the cushions are finished with grosgrain profiles. 

Flexform, Gregory

Flexform, Gregory XL sofa, design by Antonio Citterio 

Flou (Pav 02, D 23) has brought many upholstered items for visitors to discover at the Fair: beds, armchairs, sofas, divans, wall units, bedside tables, coffee tables and lamps, all combinable to create a refined, elegant and above all comfortable environment. In particular, the Gaudì system designed by Matteo Nunziati, which includes sofas and armchairs, uses solid wood to build a solid structure well-suited to the line’s natural curves, gracefully finished in soft upholstery and cushions. The textile and wooden components create a perfect harmony in this collection of light objects evocative of polite, elegant conviviality. 

Flou, Gaudì

Flou, Gaudì sofa, design by Matteo Nunziati

A sophisticated dialogue between noble and precious materials – solid wood, fabric, and brass – enlivens Bolzan’s (Pav 03, J 22) Flag collection designed by ruga.perissinotto. After starting in 2019 with a bed, the line has expanded with multifunctional complements such as a desk/dressing table, small armchair and ottoman. In particular, the welcoming shape and small size of the ottoman and small armchair are a perfect way to create a living area even in the bedroom; the ottoman may be completed with a hanger system that converts it into a valet stand. 

Bolzan, Flag

Bolzan, Flag ottoman, design by ruga.perissinotto

Giorgetti (Pav 04, B 02) brings two sofas, Vesper and Aldia, to the “supersalone”. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni, Vesper is a dynamic, customizable concept-based system that revolves around its platform, which has been reduced to a very clean architectural cipher, and is covered in either leather or fabric. Designed by Carlo Colombo, Aldìa is an entire collection that takes interior comfort and elegance outdoors, in a line of armchairs, modular sofas, ottomans and coffee tables. Layered, pantographed and hand-finished wood blends perfectly with warm-hued textile upholstery, making this furniture system an ideal way to transform gardens, terraces, restaurants, hotels and yachts into open-air rooms. 

Giorgetti, Vesper e Aldia

Giorgetti, Vesper sofa, design by Roberto Lazzeroni

This year, Visionnaire (Pav 04, C 01) celebrates its 59th year at the Salone del Mobile. Parent company IPE has attended every single edition of the Fair since 1961. The company has brought a new installation of Marc Ange’s Pavone, an art/design manifesto on the theme of “diversity & inclusion” and a dispassionate ode to romantic and seductive beauty to this year’s “supersalone”. Notably, the peacock has no natural weapons: when faced with danger, the one thing it can do is show off its tail and, therefore, rely on the power of its beauty. Ilario velvet was chosen to upholster this new version of the company’s “throne”, available in three different colours in a line wholly dedicated to low-impact fabrics and leathers.  

Visionnaire, Pavone

Visionnaire, Pavone throne, design by Marc Ange 

7 September 2021