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Esosoft Sofa

c. 2022

by Antonio Citterio
for Cassina

Esosoft Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for  Cassina

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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.

Antonio Citterio

Italy

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.

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