The Esosoft sofa defines the domestic landscape in a fluid, flexible manner. Esosoft is the first project by Antonio Citterio for Cassina. The modular sofa embodies the timeless elegance and style synonymous with Citterio’s designs; at the same time, it is an aspirational tribute to the art of the great masters and to the practice of visualizing furniture by detaching the structural part from its padded interior. The sofa consists of an aluminum exoskeleton and a shell with an organic silhouette upon which soft cushions are placed. Past and future coexist in this shape ‒ reminiscent of the concept of casual comfort typical of the 1960s ‒ that benefits from cutting-edge production techniques, mindfully chosen to make the system circular and sustainable.
The Esosoft collection comprises eight modules that can be used as individual sofas or combined to form corner arrangements, lending the utmost flexibility to the configuration of living spaces. Special attention was focused on size, considering urban settings where space is often at a premium.
The cushions ‒ available in various sizes and shapes ‒ can be added individually or in sets. The Esosoft family is complemented by different-sized benches and a series of coffee tables.
Inspired by icons such as Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson, Italian designer Antonio Citterio has built an extremely successful career in the furniture industry. He’s known for his emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality, a combination that’s defined a longtime partnership with B&B Italia. Citterio has been responsible for designing all new collections by Maxalto since 1993. He ensures that each product, like his Dives sofa or Alcova canopy bed, clearly delineates its function and is comfortable and liveable as much as grand and luxurious.
Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of 22. The architect and designer supposedly had decided on his career path by age 13.
Citterio went on to collaborate with Terry Dwan on architecture projects through the late 1990’s before forming a practice with Patricia Viel that’s today called Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Their significant work includes the Technogym headquarters, Bulgari Hotels around the world, Qatar Airways lounges, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, and the B&B Italia Center for Research in Novedrate, Italy.