Beam Sofa System
The Beam sofa system designed by Patricia Urquiola comprises three sofas, which can also be used individually, and modular padded elements: two or three-seater end units with left- or right-hand armrest, two-seater center units, corner units and left- or right-hand chaise longues, ottoman and center or end low tables. Each element rests on a “beam” base: geometric, formal, with a strong aesthetic impact, the 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. This contemporary take focuses on practicality and comfort together with attention to detail, to enhance its aesthetic characteristics: soft, cosy yet not excessively huge cushions, the high back, stitching detail along the edges, the sideways protrusion of the overlapping back and the armrest and the two possible positions of the armrest for quality relaxation.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and currently, lives and works in Milan. She studied at the faculty of Architecture at the Madrid Politecnico and at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated in 1989. From 1990 to 1996 she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she has also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed together with Vico Magistretti – she opened her own studio in 2001.
She has worked with leading manufacturers including Agape, Alessi, Axor, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Bisazza, BMW, Bosa, Budri, Chevalier Edition, Il Coccio, De Padova, De Vecchi, Emu, Fasem, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, Mixing Media, Maurice Lacroix, Liv’it, Peter Mabeo, Moroso, Mutina, Olivari, Panasonic, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, Champagne Ruinart, San Lorenzo, Tronconi.
Many of her products are included in the permanent collection of several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Urquiola has received awards including Designer of the Year, Elle Decor International Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Design Prize Cologne.
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Structure: steel tube.
Padding: variable density CFC-free polyurethane foam.
Base: black anodized aluminum.
Feet: clear plastic.
Removable upholstery in fabric or leather. Table finishes: American walnut, natural oak, black stained oak, cement-stone.