Modular seating elements combine the best of garden sofas and armchairs: a single modular seating element can often be used as a standalone furnishing, but several can be joined to create larger seating arrangements. The designs tend to be more down-to-earth, but comfort and quality craftsmanship in this selection are second-to-none.
Take Ramón Esteve’s ‘Vela sofa chaise lounge unit’, a rectilinear modular seating element with a robust base made from rotational-moulded polyethylene and comfortable, synthetic padding. Not only can it be joined to form a sofa, but it can also be complemented by a table, a daybed and an armchair from the same range. Ethimo’s ‘Village back module’ offers the same possibilities, though it is crafted from teak wood and features a regular, four-leg base. The same manufacturer also offers ‘Infinity back end module’, ‘Infinity central module’, ‘Infinity daybed’ and others. This other line of modular seating elements features a base woven from synthetic fibres.
Francesco Rota drapes rope fabric surfaces over a set of understated steel structures in ‘Island’ modular seating elements, manufactured by Paola Lenti, to create daybed, armchair and pouf modules that can be used independently or joined into a larger ensemble. Same can be said for Lievore Altherr Molina’s Driade-produced ‘Hervé two-seater element’, ‘Hervé single seat' or ‘Hervé table/pouf’, although the base is more angular and made from welded metal rods that support a series of comfortable seating pads and cushions. Lastly, Hendrik Steenbakkers-designed, FueraDentro-manufactured ‘Cima Lounge Esquina Corner Unit’ has an angular base from stainless steel bars and features loose upholstery in both fabric and artificial leather.