The Maralunga Sofa designed by Vico Magistretti features a lounge chair, ottoman, and sofas available in both two-seat and three seat sizes – each sofa size is also available in two widths along with different depths. Instead of the typical, expected treatment of back cushions resting upon or behind the seat cushions, Magistretti envisioned a seat back that would literally fold over to create back cushions that appear to visually levitate above each seat cushion. When not employed as such, the backrest can be unfolded to create an erect tall cradle functioning as a neck support for lounging.
An industrial designer, furniture designer, architect and urban planner, Vico Magistretti was born in Milan. Heavily influenced by the humanist work of his mentor, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, combined with the rebuilding needs after World War II, Magistretti built with human scale in mind. His architectural work includes his involvement in the experimental neighborhood of QT8, where he designed a round church. His product design abilities led him to collaborations with Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz Hansen, Kartell and Schiffini. His work is still produced by Cassina to this day, including the Claritas Floor Lamp and the Maralunga 40 sofa.