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Bowy Sofa

c. 2018

by Patricia Urquiola
for Cassina

Bowy Sofa

by Patricia Urquiola
for  Cassina

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The Bowy sofa is an inven­tive sectional sofa, with soft, invit­ing curves that bespeak comfort to the max and extreme versa­til­ity. The rounded arm-rests curve to meet the back and uphol­stery edge-stitch­ing delin­eates the lines of the various elements. The sofa is composed of single units that have been conceived as if they were indi­vid­ual sculp­tures, so they work equally well as part of a team or as stand-alone. The metal frame is uphol­stered in injected expanded polyurethane foam, with Dacron covers, to provide a gener­ous and comfort­able seat. The 1970s’ inspi­ra­tion comes through also in the low tables that reflect the sofa’s soft profile, the painted frame meeting the elegant mate­r­ial quality of the wooden table-top. 

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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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