Alcove Highback Sofa by Vitra
Alcove Highback Sofa
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
A sofa is both a social space and a security zone. It’s an environment of its own: a room inside a room, inside a home. With this in mind, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed the Alcove Sofa, which was inspired by the Arabic “al-qubba”, and is a secluded, upholstered niche, designed for lounging and sleeping.
Like its ancient forbearer, the Alcove Sofa creates an intense sense of intimacy and enclosure, a feeling of escape from the chaos of the outside world. You don’t just sit on an Alcove Sofa, you retreat into it. It’s tall, deep and remarkably soft. Lay back, tuck up your feet, and you´ll immediately find yourself in a much safer and more private world.
With the Alcove Highback Sofa, the side and back panels have been raised even higher so that they are considerably above the head height of the person seated. In this way, a perfect place is provided for optical and acoustic screening — whether in the office, in a lobby or in a large room in the home. When two Alcove Highbacks are placed facing one another they form a small meeting area — a special space for concentration and refuge. Additionally, anyone looking for the maximum degree of privacy will choose the Love Seat in the Highback design. With its particularly high side and back panels, this piece of furniture offers a unique feeling of security.
chromed tubular steel
metal frame with belt upholstery
panels made of fibreglass-reinforced
plastic, seat cushioning: polyurethane foam and polyester wool
set of cushions and backrest cushioning: filled with polyurethane chips and microfibres
Designer: Erwan Bouroullec Ronan Bouroullec
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