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Met Sofa

c. 1996

by Piero Lissoni
for Cassina

Met Sofa

by Piero Lissoni
for Cassina

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The MET sofa and section­als designed by Piero Lissoni for Cassina, feature a compre­hen­sive range of 27 modular and fixed elements – sofas, inno­v­a­tive corner units, comfort­able end units in differ­ent widths with incor­po­rated footrest if required, center units, armchairs with leg rest exten­sions, a bench, an ottoman, and deco­ra­tive square and rectan­gu­lar cush­ions – the combi­na­tions of which enable a number of customized seating possibilities.

The MET sofa’s inter­nal steel frame is covered in CFC-free varying density polyurethane foam and poly­ester padding. The uphol­stered form rests upon beau­ti­fully propor­tioned tubular aluminum that spans the depth of the form, curving to create legs. The eleva­tion of the legs and their inward place­ment away from the sides within the system creates the wonder­ful nega­tive space beneath the sofa that provides an overall levity to MET’s rectilinear expanses. 

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Piero Lissoni

Italy (1956)

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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