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Beam Sofa System

c. 2018

by Patricia Urquiola
for Cassina

Beam Sofa System

by Patricia Urquiola
for Cassina

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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.

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Patricia Urquiola

Spain (1961)

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.

Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.

In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.

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