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.
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.