With Integrated Tables and Surfaces, New Sofas Respond to Versatile Lifestyles

Isabella Prisco
·5 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Courtesy Photo DePadova
Photo credit: Courtesy Photo DePadova

From ELLE Decor

The sofa, understood as a domestic island of relaxation, is a confirmed classic and, in some respects, almost surpassed: the new frontier of upholstered design responds to an increasingly marked versatility with solutions capable of combining impeccable aesthetics and functionality. For this, it seems the term “system” might be more appropriate to recount these modular compositions combining personalized seats, backrests and armrests with integrated tables and multitasking surfaces. The different configurations, whether modular, angular or organic, are realized like pluriform archipelagos: to the chaise longue conceived for a bit of reading or the central body of a padded structure, designers and creatives flank various extensions for supporting surfaces and storage.

From a coffee table designed perfectly at level with the padding to small wooden tables inserted between seating elements, solutions studied to enrich the classic sofa expand the compositional horizon to a new kind of living that’s both fluid and transversal. Let’s take a closer look.

Minotti - Connery

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Minotti

Alternating in a sage mix of interlocking elements and materialistic compositions are the Flap shelves from Minotti in the Connery seating system designed by Rodolfo Dordoni. Equipping the upholstery, the piece offers itself to those sitting as a refined support surface that also acts as a container and whose forms and volumes imitate the band design of the structural base. The architectural appeal of Connery recalls the American Mid-Century style in its purity and lines: extremely versatile, both in terms of composition and in the pairing of the materials, the geometric rigor is flanked by soft, plush seats.

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Manerba - Kokoro

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Manerba

The new project by Federica Biasi for Manerba is a complex composition that integrates upholstered modules with robust supportive surfaces. It’s called Kokoro (a Japanese word that means heart, but also essence and fulcrum) and presents itself as a system of alcoves, sofas, tables and small surfaces conceived for the residential realm as well as contract spaces, offered as a transversal solution responding to needs of security and visual and acoustic privacy. The tables paired also provide the possibility to integrate electric wires, just like the laptop table version.

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Porada - Abacus

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Porada

Supporting surfaces perfectly studied to complete the compositional design enrich Porada’s Abacus sofa. Designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti for the Twenty collection, the modular solution is distinguished by a flexible composition reinterpreting an elegant tradition in a contemporary key, exploiting a series of hexagonal seating elements between corners and chaise-longue.

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Living Divani - Sumo

Photo credit: Cesare Chimenti Fotografo
Photo credit: Cesare Chimenti Fotografo

Both in the sofa version and dormeuse articulation, Sumo by Piero Lissoni welcomes a series of accessorized tables that enrich the utility and fruition of everyday living. A tribute to the essence of elegance, the new design from Living Divani fuses dynamism, character and energy into any space with a slender and fluid silhouette. The tapered and essential form of the frame, pleasantly concave and raised on metallic legs, is contrasted by the plush, large, and welcoming upholstered section.

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Molteni&C - Octave

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Molteni&C

“The Octave sofa collection was born out of our quest for ideal proportions to create a subtle graphic play of geometries and volumes. The low couch is characterized by an enveloping design and warmth thanks to its plush cushions and armrests. The sled base, the protagonist, underlines the lightness of the sofa as if almost suspended in the air. With its accessories and functional saddle leather trays, the collection becomes very versatile, especially to complement the most diverse environments and atmospheres with infinite layouts and arrangements.” It’s with this that Vincent Van Duysen presents his new project realized this year for Molteni&C. The rectangular or trapezoidal joining elements are distinguished for the presence of innovative leather trays, studied to support laptops, small printers and tablets, amplifying the possibility to create articulated compositions at the center of the living area.

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Arflex - Bel Air

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Arflex

Designed for Arflex by Claesson Koivisto Rune, a Stockholm-based studio of architects founded in 1995 by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, Bel Air is a simple, sober and elegant sofa whose balanced proportions lend an airy horizontality that “communicates an Italian 'optimistic modernism’”. The curation of upholstered details around the external surface of every element, together with the slim internal base, contributes to accentuate the relaxed simplicity of the design. Table surfaces, integrated in the composition of soft seating elements, were developed to further exalt the expansive spirit of the composition.

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DePadova - Horizontal Sofa ēdition

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo DePadova

In addition to the upholstered elements with two-seat, three-seat, and angular versions, the new Horizontal Sofa ēdition by DePadova comes together between a chaise longue, pouf, wooden container and table with a marble top, enriching the design’s compositional and functional possibilities. Produced entirely in Italy, the collection by Time & Style — a Japanese brand with three decades of experience in protecting and promoting manufacturing expertise and traditions linked to the Japanese woodworking — interprets the living area while respecting balances and proportions in the search for perfect comfort.

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Poliform - Saint Germain

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Poliform

Saint-Germain is a system of sofas and upholstered elements with sinuous and sensual forms. Enveloping and round markings recur throughout all the modules of the series, where linear sofas are created with L-shaped configurations and organic compositions alternating upholstery with pragmatic support surfaces in wood. The cladding, in fabric or leather, highlights all the full and voluptuous volumes. Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform, Saint-Germain transforms any space in the name of domestic comfort.

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