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Soft Corners Ottoman

c. 2022

by Linde Freya Tangelder
for Cassina

Soft Corners Ottoman

by Linde Freya Tangelder
for  Cassina

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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.

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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.

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