Mex-Hi Sofa System
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.
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.