Miloe Seating System
Piero Lissoni’s Miloe seating system was designed to exude comfort while providing an extensive range of options for personal customization. All aspects of Miloe are characterized by the designer’s signature aesthetics of clean lines and balanced proportions.
Miloe is composed of several basic seating elements – two-seat sofas, center units in two different widths, corner elements, and ottomans in three different sizes. On top of these choices is the added option that each of the seating system elements is also available in two different depths; this provides for either a consistent or widely varying profile within the resulting system. All seating elements are also available with an option of adding down-filled square or rectilinear back cushions.
Miloe is composed of CFC-free polyurethane atop a framework of elastic belting. Cushions have a polyurethane core with polyester or down padding. Numerous textile and leather upholstery options are available for Miloe’s removable covers. The optional down-filled loose rectilinear and square cushions are available in the same upholstery options as the seating system itself – square cushions are also available with the option of contrasting edge cross-grain piping in five colors selected by the designer.
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.