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Eve Armchair

c. 2009

by Piero Lissoni
for Cassina

Eve Armchair

by Piero Lissoni
for  Cassina

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The person­al­ity of Eve Armchair changes depend­ing on the mate­r­ial of the frame. The simple geom­e­try of the struc­ture is warmer and closer to nature in the walnut or ashwood, and is our choice for the home envi­ron­ment. The chair’s lines become more slender and impact­ful in the cast aluminum option: here the ideal setting is the office or a corpo­rate space. The seat and back of both versions are in leather. 

The inno­v­a­tive approach used to assem­ble the leather sections reveals a clever config­u­ra­tion of cuts and folds that high­light the company’s crafts capa­bil­i­ties. The uphol­stery is an enve­lope” into which slips the frame, no stitch­ing in sight. Metic­u­lous atten­tion has been paid to the chair’s func­tional aspects, primar­ily through the use of a ther­mo­formed plastic shell coupled with a thin layer of polyurethane. Mean­time, the rounded seat enhances the feeling that Eve is a comfortable chair.


Piero Lissoni


Industrial but playful might sound like a contradiction, but in the hands of Piero Lissoni, it makes perfect sense. The Italian architect and designer has become one of the most accomplished of his generation, with collaborations with everyone from Alessi to Flos to Tecno. After training as an architect at the prestigious Politecnico di Milano University, Lissoni formed his own firm to create witty takes on modernism’s clean lines.

In 1996, he launched a visual communication agency, Graph.x, followed 17 years later by Lissoni Architettura, which handles interior design projects. But Lissoni’s furnishings really show off his charm: his Otto seating system for Cassina, named for the way the numeral is pronounced in Italian, tosses a titular number of comfy cushions into a slim aluminum rectangle for a perfect blend of hard and soft. And his Extrasoft system for Living Divani tosses away the frame entirely. It’s a chic take on the kid’s bedroom favorite, the beanbag, but with a lifetime’s worth of possible arrangements.

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