Pleasantly soft upholstery and side and back panels that can be adjusted to an outward angle of approximately 30° give the Mariposa Sofa (2014) by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby its extraordinary comfort.
The Mariposa Sofa radiates an inviting aura of spacious comfort – and yet maintains a subtly understated presence thanks to its balanced proportions. The sofa owes its extraordinary comfort, on the one hand, to the pleasantly soft upholstery, which completely surrounds the sitter and prevents contact with any hard structural elements. On the other hand, an ingenious adjustment mechanism makes it possible to individually tilt the side and backrest elements for various sitting or reclining positions.
These design elements are combined to create an oasis of soft, snug comfort. The name of the sofa refers to its refined functionality: the wing-like motion range of the soft, slender panels reminded the designers of a butterfly – 'Mariposa' in Spanish.
Design Year: 2014
Made In: Germany
- Structural frame: webbed metal frame with polyurethane foam.
- Seat cushions: polyurethane and visco foams with chamber cushion overlay. Chamber cushion overlay filled with feathers and PU rods.
- Back and armrest cushions: chamber cushion filled with stripped-quill feathers and PU rods.
- Glides: plastic glides with levelling adjustment.
- Covers: removable.
- Range of use: recommended for residential use only.
Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 2014
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby studied architecture as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture.
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