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Sengu Bold Sofa

c. 2022

by Patricia Urquiola
for Cassina

Sengu Bold Sofa

by Patricia Urquiola
for  Cassina

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The Sengu Bold is a new edition of the Sengu Sofa system project­ing the same absolute comfort but rewrit­ten with a bold, unmis­tak­able char­ac­ter. Thanks to its open, natu­rally invit­ing shapes, the system encour­ages cele­bra­tions of convivi­al­ity. The new version drops the orig­i­nal Japan­ese-inspired wood base, taking its soft curves down to the floor. A bold gesture meant to empha­size its commit­ment to hospi­tal­ity. The comfort of its name­sake is upheld through gener­ous propor­tions but goes even further with more exem­plary padding. Uphol­stery fabrics have also been updated in bold’ magni­fied textures, accen­tu­at­ing the padding’s soft lines. 

Sengu Bold is a floor sofa known for its differ­ent, uncon­ven­tional arrange­ments and shared features, like natural mate­ri­als and colors, achieved by combin­ing differ­ent sized modules. Pair center, corner, and end elements, with or without armrests – includ­ing the option to add a chaise longue and ottoman. The seat frame is designed with maximum comfort with plywood and elastic webbing. The seat cushion comprises two parts: an inter­nal compo­nent in polyurethane foam with a plant-based vari­able-density percent­age and an exte­rior element in blown recy­cled PET fiber encased in recy­cled-PET fabric. Padding for the loose back­rest cush­ions is also composed of blown recy­cled PET fiber. As with the Sengu Sofa, the leather or fabric uphol­stery from the Cassina Collec­tion is remov­able, extend­ing its longevity and sustainability.

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Patricia Urquiola

Spain

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.

Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.

In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.

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