Versatile seating with contrasting elements surprises and delights.
BY LILY WAN
Fendi Casa turns to svelte curves and silky velvet to create the Berenice chair: a sophisticated piece of balanced proportions that is suitable for living or lounging, public or private areas.
In devising the Mellow sofa for Bernhardt Design, Océane Delain was, in a way, on a quest for eternal youth. He hunted down a textile from the medical industry that has complete memory retention and is also very comfortable.
Paul Cocksedge’s Compression sofa for Moooi is something quite crazy. The sharp contrasts of light and heavy, soft and hard, come from the unlikely pairing of foam and Carrara marble—six tons of it.
For designer Ora ïto, his Ico chair for Cassina embodies a term he coined: “simplexity," the illusion of an object’s simplicity, even though its creation was rather complex. With this, he hopes to have made a new classic.
The Sydney sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, though massive, appears to float. Massaud envisions this piece as a central “reef” — that is, a hub for socializing and relaxing—in the expansive landscape of a living room.
A tortoise carries its home on its back. Design studio Nadadora channeled that comfort when creating the Tortuga rotating lounge chair for Sancal. The result? A perfect spot to tuck away.
Design duo Katja Hettler and Jula Tüllmann collaborated with People of the Sun, an NGO in Malawi, to create the Nest No. 1 chair, featuring contemporary applications of basket weaving and lathing techniques.
Stool No. 1, by PlueerSmitt of Switzerland for Danish lifestyle brand Karakter, looks more like an elevated bench than a stool. It’s made of basswood treated with copper sulfate to elicit contrasting, graphite-like tones.
The Soft Modular sofa by Jasper Morrison for Vitra isn’t trying to show off. Embracing the low-set, sprawling form that has become a modern classic, its simplicity makes it instantly at home in any space.
The Bollo lounge chair for Fogia is quintessentially Scandinavian. Designer Andreas Engesvik used the materials modestly but intelligently, resulting in a bold but delicate piece.
Emeco’s Alfi armchair by Jasper Morrison proves that details unseen are equally important as those exposed. Made of responsibly sourced and repurposed materials, the chair is available in four earthy tones, plus a poppy red.
Moroso and long-time collaborator Patricia Urquiola team up once again to create the Lilo armchair. Pea pod-like, as Urquiola describes it, it is ideal for extended periods of lounging and ultimate relaxation.
It might be hard to call any other sofa system truly customizable after becoming familiar with Viccarbe’s Sistema collection, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. It has nine flexible features and will have more added every year.
The Montana chair and ottoman from Dune’s Beyond the Gaze collection was inspired by Gerrit Rietveld’s Red and Blue chair from 1917. It sits low and deep, and has a range of custom upholstery and wood frame finishing options. dune-ny.com
The Embrace dining chair by Austrian design trio Eoos for Carl Hansen & Son harmoniously marries supple and comfortable materials with solid structure, achieving what Eoos’s Martin Bergmann says is “perfect imperfection.”
The Flow chair, part of Ercol’s latest collaboration with Japanese architect and designer Tomoko Azumi, is unpretentious and highly functional. The steam-bent solid beech also comes in a painted finish of white and black.
Modular enough to fit any room or lifestyle, Knoll’s Avio sofa system gracefully balances proportions so that any composition feels natural. The collection includes benches, sofas, a chaise lounge, and tabletops.
Sharing a name with the ancient armor of samurai warriors, the Do-Maru small armchair by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia is supported by a cast aluminum shell, with upholstery options in either leather or fabric.
The top-heavy Belfiore armchair by Mauro Lipparini for Casa International is part of the Italia collection. The leather or fabricupholstered down body is propped up with toothpick-like metal legs with brass tips.
Designed by architect Roberto Lazzeroni, the oversized Altea sofa for Flexform has an almost theatrical presence. Emphasizing height over depth, the sofa sits on a thin streak of barely visible metal base.
The soft, organic curves of the Bonsai loveseat from DDC are reminiscent of the bushes and shrubs found in Japan’s gardens. Its upholstery is widely customizable, and the seat is available with or without the wooden platform.
The Ten armchair, designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Driade, is named after the Japanese word for sky. The cushy, cup-like body is supported by ebonized ash or mahogany legs.
This year, a signature chair of Danish design history makes a comeback. One Collection’s reissue of the France chair, designed by Finn Juhl in 1956, is now available in three options of wood stain and fabric or leather upholstery.
The Stir chair by Kazuko Okamoto for Capdell is made of beech plywood encircling soft fabric. Designed to gently rock back and forth, it’s inspired by the traditional Japanese doll, Okiagari-koboshi, which is similarly restless.
Muuto introduced the Oslo bench as an extension of the eponymous sofa collection, with all pieces designed by Anderssen & Voll. The bench has a steel frame and is made with Kvadrat fabric available in six colors.
Reconstructed from Gio Ponti’s archival drawings, Molteni & C has reissued the architect’s D. 153. 1 armchair that was originally designed for his private home in Milan in 1953. The brass structure features updated upholstery options.
Ligne Roset’s Manarola armchair makes sitting down feel more like getting a hug. French designer Philippe Nigro made the collection using new ultra-flexible polyurethane foam, offering utmost comfort and longevity.
A refresh of one of the most iconic chairs of Spanish design, BD Barcelona’s Gaulino easy chair by Oscar Tusquets sits a bit lower than the original. The solid ashwood frame is outfitted with a thin, leather-upholstered seat.