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Mex-Hi Sofa System

c. 2020

by Piero Lissoni
for Cassina

Mex-Hi Sofa System

by Piero Lissoni
for  Cassina

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Modular and versa­tile, the Mex-Hi sofa system designed by Piero Lissoni for Cassina consists of five differ­ent-sized bases. The inde­pen­dent cush­ions — armrests, back­rests, and seats — are fastened to create corners, in-line or island compo­si­tions. Thanks to the study carried out by Cassina LAB, a collab­o­ra­tion between the Cassina Research and Devel­op­ment Centre and Poli.design at the Milan Poly­tech­nic, the sofa is made with inno­v­a­tive mate­ri­als to make it comfort­able and more sensi­tive to the envi­ron­ment. A 100% recy­cled fiber, deriv­ing from PET mainly recov­ered from the sea, has been intro­duced into the cushion padding. The frame is in tubular steel with elastic belts; the uphol­stery is remov­able. A free­stand­ing side table and a pouf/​table complete the collection.

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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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