Sculptural Seats and Backrests Bring Comfort to New Armchairs

Isabella Prisco
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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Zanotta
Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Zanotta

From ELLE Decor

Geometric, cubic and squared: the latest armchairs interpret welcoming forms in the name of linear rigor. Realizing furnishings with organic volumes, designers return to the graphic marks and volumes typical of Scandinavian design, articulating masterfully modeled wood in harmonious seats preferring rigid essentiality to the soft and sinuous. In contrast with their solid supporting structures, upholstered elements are softened with thin yet plush cushions. Meanwhile, the pivoting element of new designs comes in the form of armrests, which, in addition to providing support, stabilize the compositional and symmetrical balance of shapes, becoming a key connection between the seat and backrest. To prove it, the armchairs launched this year by leading brands are revealed as timeless architectures ready to adorn contemporary and welcoming living rooms and great halls.

Lema - Tarsia

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Lema

Designed for Lema Tarsia, Matteo Nunziati creates a rigorous lounge chair with a delicate touch, standing out with the shapely forms of its solid wood structure. The profile outlining legs and armrests supports the slender and defined volumes of the chair cushion and upholstered backrest padded with different densities. In a tribute to the Italian art of woodworking and the artisanal origins of the company, the name is derived from the Arabian “tarsi”, which means to connect.

www.lemamobili.com

Minotti - Fynn Saddle-Hide

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Minotti

Fynn, designed by GamFratesi, represents a fusion of Scandinavian values and Italian tradition, translated in a creation of high woodworking with sophisticated upholstery. The distinguishing element of the seat is its armrests, elongated and slightly curved, rounded and smooth to the touch, and realized entirely by hand. Its precise and defined line identifies the entire family of chairs, in both the Fynn and Fynn Saddle-Hide versions. The latter of the two sees a seat and backrest made from a single element in leather.

www.minotti.com

Flexform - Tessa

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Flexform

In their apparent simplicity, the clean and geometric lines that run along the profiles of Tessa hide an extraordinary constructive complexity between ingenuity and dexterity. Designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, they unfold around a structure realized entirely in turned ash wood or Canaletto walnut, restoring the poetic materiality of a warm and noble element like wood. The light yet robust weave of the seat and backrest, however, is composed in river straw.

www.flexform.it

Gianfranco Ferré Home - Franklin

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Gianfranco Ferré Home

The Franklin armchair by Gianfranco Ferré Home for The Warm Living collection encloses all the wonder of Mid-Century style. The Jumbo Group brand presents refined and bold pieces that reference the milestones of Scandinavian design. Upholstery in pied-de-poule expresses the most authentic DNA of the fashion label, while bronze tones of the textile and wooden structure signal a comfortable and warm style.

www.gianfrancoferrehome.it

Missana - Swan

Photo credit: Cualiti
Photo credit: Cualiti

Inspired by the beauty and elegance of a swan, the new collection from Missana translates the grace of this marvelous creature into a geometric line that, in armchair form, assumes the rigidity of a cube. Designed by Pepe Albagues, it’s defined by two armrests following the profile of the seat, showing an open angle on both sides that simulates the long and sleek wings of a swan.

www.missana.es


Molteni&C - Walter

Photo credit: Tiziano Sartorio
Photo credit: Tiziano Sartorio

Walter, designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C, digs its roots into the artisanal Scandinavian tradition. An object of memory, it also references the work of great Northern designers while underlining the experimental style of the Belgian designer. Constructed entirely in solid ash with a black oak or eucalyptus finish, it was conceived for a contemporary and convivial atmosphere. The elegant essentiality of the structure comes as a foil for the plush padded seating.

www.molteni.it

Zanotta - Gilda CM

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Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Zanotta

Eight objects for the domestic space recount a timeless design language in the Mollino CM 2020 Collection presented by Zanotta in honor of the architect’s design production. Among the re-edited furniture is Gilda CM, a reclinable armchair with an eclectic and elegant style created in 1953 and distinguished with a shapely and sculpted structure supporting two upholstered elements. The armrest/back leg element is constructed as a single piece, lending solemnity and movement to the profile.

www.zanotta.it