Patricia Urquiola is currently the designer who develops most of the products in the catalogue, designing functional objects with a strong personality, features that make her a major interpreter of the Moroso style.
Each year she is assigned the main project, and at the 2007 furniture show is to present the Volant range, in which she furthers her investigation into the “skin of objects”. In the Volant range project it is the actual upholstery fabric that defines and creates the product.
“Poised between a Balenciaga dress and a Shogun costume, it uses the body as a base to be transformed and hides the legs. Lined for even greater comfort and attractiveness, it is an extremely elegant evening dress”.
The seat can also wear a short dress – simpler and less complicated. It bares the legs and reveals the contours of the body, maintaining its own identity.
The third dress is close-fitting and is simply a product of the upholstery of the seat, uncovering the structure and revealing its figure.
The structure is basic and self-sufficient. The frame of the base appears orthogonal but in actual fact is a trapezium for adapting to the line of the back and seat. This leads to a shape dichotomy between regularity and irregularity, also in the perception of the seat elements which, despite the fact they seem flat, have curved sections to provide extreme comfort. The Volant range consists of a sofa, armchair, chair and stool. The original module of the project is the armchair on which the entire collection is based. The repeated module creates the sofa, from which, with altered proportions, the chair and stool are born. The frame, according to the colour used, can be accented or otherwise in order to be coherent or contrasting with the seat. The latter is in polyurethane foam and, when dressed, can change personality, taking on a totally different appearance.
It can wear a dress with ruffles that go beyond its body until its proportions are totally concealed. In this case the upholstery becomes a luxurious outfit, which is not only a cover and not only fabric, but also the element for perception and definition of the project.
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