Cassina • ESOSOFT
Outer structure in tubular aluminium. Polyurethane foam padding. Removable cover in fabric 13E502. Cushions sold separately. Designed by Antonio Citterio. Cassina edition.
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W.261 x H.73 x D.87cm
A living room system designed to define the domestic landscape in a fluid, flexible manner. This is Esosoft – the first project by Antonio Citterio for Cassina – a modular sofa that embodies the timeless elegance and style the Italian designer is known for and, at the same time, is an aspirational tribute to the art of the great masters and to the practice of visualizing furniture by detaching the structural part from its padded interior.
In fact, Esosoft consists of an aluminium exoskeleton and a shell with an organic silhouette upon which soft cushions are placed. Past and future coexist in this shape – reminiscent of the concept of casual comfort typical of the 1960s – that benefits from cutting-edge production techniques, mindfully chosen to make the system circular and sustainable. Thanks to the work of Cassina LAB, materials like a polyurethane foam that contains a percentage of polyols deriving from biological sources and blown recycled PET fibre in the backrest cushions.
"ntonio Citterio (born 1950, in Meda) is an Italian architect, furniture designer and industrial designer who lives and works in Milan. He acquired a degree in architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 1972 and subsequently started working as a designer and industrial design consultant.
In 2000, with Patricia Viel, founds Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, a cross-disciplinary practice for architecture and interior design. The firm works internationally, developing complex projects on all scales in collaboration with a qualified network of specialist consultants. Antonio Citterio currently works in the industrial design sector with companies such as Cassina, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Technogym and Vitra.
In 1987 and 1994, Antonio Citterio was awarded the Compasso d’Oro prize. From 2006 to 2016, he has been a Architectural Design professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland). In 2008, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London awarded him the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry.
Established in 1927 by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in Meda, near Milan, Cassina launched industrial design in Italy in the 1950s, based on a totally innovative approach that marked the transition from artisan production to mass production. Throughout its history, Cassina has been a melting pot of design luminaries. In the 1950s, it forged an iconic partnership with architects like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand, creating legendary pieces such as the LC1 Sling Chair and LC2 Grand Confort sofa. These collaborations revolutionized furniture design, emphasizing form and function in equal measure.
One of Cassina's remarkable aspects is its ability to transcend eras. The brand's reissues of iconic designs retain their original essence while adapting to modern sensibilities, appealing to new generations of design enthusiasts. This blend of heritage and contemporary relevance is exemplified in pieces like the LC4 Chaise Longue, a timeless icon of comfort and style. Cassina's collaborations extend beyond mid-century architects. It has partnered with contemporary designers like Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, and Jaime Hayon, infusing fresh perspectives into its collections. These collaborations merge diverse design philosophies, resulting in eclectic yet harmonious pieces that resonate with a broad audience.
In the present design landscape, Cassina stands as a bastion of innovation and heritage, continuously pushing boundaries while honoring its rich legacy. Its commitment to craftsmanship, combined with a forward-thinking approach, ensures its relevance and enduring influence in the ever-evolving world of design.