The furniture whisperer
by Jasmin Jouhar | 4/24/2018
In the exhibition “Typecasting. An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters,” Robert Stadler lends furniture a voice. Let’s take a listen!
Grand Sofà is Antonio Citterio’s interpretation of luxurious comfort and contemporary design. The designer’s Italian flair for lightness and elegance is united with the trademark quality and precision of the Swiss company Vitra.
The clean lines and geometric forms of the generously dimensioned sofa elements create a spacious platform for sitting or reclining. Despite its expansive proportions, Grand Sofà has a graceful silhouette: the slim, fabric-covered body is doubly angled to form a cascading seat, backrest and rearward ledge. The body is supported at two points under each end of the seat surface and behind the backrest by a bridge-like aluminium base frame, making the sofa appear to float above the floor. The seating elements are open on the sides, which emphasises the horizontal planes of Grand Sofà. Consumers can choose between a full-length backrest or a shortened version. This makes it possible to produce large seating arrangements with gaps and viewpoints – a sofa landscape with an almost topographical character, conveying an expression of lightness and variability.
Thanks to the open composition of Grand Sofà and the spatial options this creates, it is possible to sit behind the sofa and use the fabric-covered ledge for laptop work or other tasks. The shelf-like ledge is also suited for storing books, magazines and accessories. To accommodate objects such as glasses, bottles or vases, it can be equipped with the Sofa Tray, which is angled along the sides to fit perfectly over the edges. Turned upside down, the Sofa Tray can be used as a practical surface on any flat area of the sofa.
Grand Sofà is available in a curated selection of fabrics, which come in a diverse range of colours.
Together with the different elements, variable backrests, selection of cushions, and base finishes in
polished aluminium or powder-coated in white or black, this opens up a multitude of possibilities for
individual seating arrangements.
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||with backrest
with back padding
|Armrest finish||without armrests|
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