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Tacchini Offers Vintage Classics

Tacchini Sesann Sofa
Sesann Sofa, by Gian­franco Fratt­tini for Tacchini, 2018

The clean lines and strik­ing silhou­ettes of Tacchini’s modern design are truly time­less. Even as emerg­ing talents offer their unique perspec­tives each year, new pieces often share aesthetic tones with the 20th-century clas­sics that came before them.


For instance, while the Julep collec­tion by Jonas Wagell for Tacchini was released in 2018, its curvy forms harken back to a revo­lu­tion­ary piece of the past. Jean Royère’s Ours Polaire sofa—so nick­named for its like­ness to a polar bear — became an instant icon when intro­duced by the French designer in 1947. Defined by an asym­met­ri­cal form and uphol­stered in velvet, the plush piece — which routinely fetches six figures at auction—over­turned conven­tions of scale and promoted a thor­oughly modern sense of leisure. This organic seating style was also popu­lar­ized by New York – based designer Vladimir Kagan, whose Serpen­tine sofa was released in 1949.

Tacchini Julep Sofa
Julep Sofa and lounge, by Jonas Wagell C. 2018

Decades later, Swedish designer Jonas Wagell returns to the bulbous shapes presented by these avant-garde vision­ar­ies. Julep is a series of uphol­stered pieces defined by contin­u­ous lines, natural geome­tries, and a pervad­ing feeling of warmth. The sofa, lounge chair, chaise lounge, and ottoman, manu­fac­tured by Italian house Tacchini, continue the legacy estab­lished by their prede­ces­sors with an inter­est­ing inter­pre­ta­tion that feels instantly at home in the inte­ri­ors of today.

Tacchini Julep
Julep Sofa, for Tacchini c. 2018

Sesann-sofa
Sesann Sofa, Tacchini c. 2018

A similar appre­ci­a­tion of the past can be found in another piece, the Sesann sofa by Italian icon Gian­franco Frat­tini. Orig­i­nally released by Cassina in 1970, the sofa has been repro­duced by Tacchini. The invit­ing piece and accom­pa­ny­ing lounge chair features a soft cold foam struc­ture uphol­stered in fabric or leather and wrapped with steel tubing. Like the Julep collec­tion, Sesann eschews straight edges in favor of a luxu­ri­ously plush body that prac­ti­cally exudes comfort.

Sesann Sofa By Gianfranco Frattini For Cassina 1970S
Orig­i­nal 1970, by Gian­franco Frat­tini for Cassina

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