The Beam Sofa System is made up of soft cushions supported by a beam, a sharp line, that ‘raises’ the flexible and lightweight back and armrest cushions which meet in an skilful embrace.The beam base is the functional core of the system. Indeed, it enables various configurations to be created, arranging the padded elements together or alternating the seating, tables and ottoman in interesting compositions.
The name of the Gender armchair derives from its changing identity based on chromatic and material combinations in an encounter between two formally independent shapes that make up its form: one is structural, flexible and enveloping, the other with a soft interior to more appropriately identify the seat. The Gender armchair is dressed in layers, with textures and colors that meet and contrast to create an adaptable lexicon in relation to its surrounding environment. The armchair freely crosses traditional male/ female barriers and is intended to be sober or bold, strong or delicate.
Born in Milan in 1930 into a well to do family, Joe Cesare Colombo is considered one of Italy’s most innovative product designers of the past century. After studying painting at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan, Colombo immediately started researching product design, following the calling that will define his career. He eventually revolutionized “the way of living” as known until then by experimenting and creating new all-inclusive living spaces, where kitchen, bath, bed and storage are contained in one single unit. Joe Colombo’s career was cut short due to an untimely and unexpected death at the age of 41. Colombo nevertheless left an extraordinary body of work that is still relevant today.
Designed in 1969, the Tube Chair immediately made the history of Italian design and is part of the permanent collections of the Triennale di Milano, The MOMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This extremely original armchair designed by the self-professed “anti-designer” was inspired from Pop Art and the avant-gardists movements of that era to express his dissent from mainstream rationalism. The armchair is made of four hollow cylinders in PVC, foam rubber and leather. These modular cylinders allow the user to customize the armchair’s shape or join more than one to invent more configurations and adapting it to the space.
The Ren furnishing accessory collection is the result of a study by Neri & Hu about the home entryway, an interesting space as it represents the border between the inside and the outside, separating the public dimension from the home privacy. Guests are welcomed in this space which offers them the first glimpse of the personal furnishing style.
The collection reflects the nature of this domestic throughway, with a series of objects that are hybrid in their functions and materials and can be used anywhere in the house. Free-standing mirror coat rack, small table, console table, wall-mounted mirror coat rack and valet stand. All products are in wood, brass and leather. Refined in manufacture and shape, they welcome with the indistinguishable elegance of Poltrona Frau.