Soft Corners Ottoman
The Soft Corners ottoman is a playful interlocking of padded shapes by Dutch designer Linde Freya Tangelder. Developed during her In Residence experience in Turin, Italy, the project emerged from investigating the relationship between limited-edition collection design and larger-scale furniture production. The result is a versatile and functional project perfectly balanced between the two. At the same time, she revisited the ancient art of masonry as a driver of Italian art during the Renaissance. The collection represents this foundation, inspired by everyday architectural forms. Like bricks forming a wall, Soft Corners is a Tetris puzzle of soft shapes in three modules. The ottomans – rectangular, low rectangular, and L‑shaped square – easily assemble and adapt to any room in the home as footrests, seating, or table-top surfaces. Soft Corners ottomans express energy and fresh insight through their simple, multifunctional interlocking system.
Each piece has a structural wood core encased in upholstered foam rubber parts. An easy attachment system means all the components can be disassembled for repair or replacement, in line with the Cassina LAB philosophy. The wood structure is made of black plywood and the cushions in plant-based polyurethane. The option of fabric or leather upholstery is available from the Cassina collection.
In contrast to the soft, padded shapes, there is also an industrial style, stainless-steel low table rounding out the collection.
Linde Freya Tangelder
Linde Freya Tangelder is a furniture, product, and interior designer based in Belgium, where she founded her studio, Destroyers/Builders, in 2014. The studio strives for sensory relevance and cultural value in detail and on a larger scale, taking on projects that range from limited editions to commissioned assignments. Inspired by architectural shapes, the furniture pieces highlight the field between industry and humanity through diverse materials. Both low and high-end materials get re-valued, reconsidered, and transformed. The results are tactile, sculptural, and architectural, balanced between contemporary and traditional designs. Since opening her studio, in 2019, Tangelder was named Designer of the Year by Biennale Interieur in Belgium. In 2022, she created Soft Corners, her debut collaboration with Cassina, an ottoman series and low table featured in their Living Collection.