The starting point of the collection features the couple made up of chair and armchair: Caprice and Passion. Remembering the teaching of Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Philippe Starck has designed two compact wrap-around seats, two shells with sinuous profiles, welcoming and protective, whose clean-cut lines are to be topped with a gorgeous quilted cover, a mosaic of leather or fabric which seems to become an elegant and sophisticated gown.
This solution deriving from the up-market tailoring world, achieved with a skill as innovative as it is traditional, is the leit-motif of the upholstery of the whole collection. We see Starck declining the very concept of comfort in a range of solutions which appear to set out to take in every possible variant and to cater for every possible wish. Sitting down, stretching out, lounging at full length, curling up – nothing is forbidden where everything is allowed. Alongside the traditional sofa, enriched with copious cushions and a variety of arm options, there are large upholstered island surfaces, real atolls, than you can sink onto and take up any posture you like with the help of strategic support units of adjustable height and angle of inclination.
Despite the great variety of components, the collection is made up of just a few constructive elements. They are in chromed tubular steel, joined up with just three blending junction pieces. All the seating surfaces are done in soft quilted leather or fabric.
The details are exquisitely designed from the corner joint to the insertions that scan the rhythm of the metal structure, from the details of the cushions that call to mind the finest saddlery, to the elastic support pieces.
Designer: Philippe Starck [ Manufacturer: Cassina ]