Inevitable furnishing accessories, the padded seats they are faithful companions who welcome guests around a table, but not only. Relegate these seats, enveloping and comfortable, in the dining room it would in fact be a mistake: it would mean not having understood its potential. Refined shapes and “extended” product families that include solutions with or without armrests, higher or more enveloping, combined with the possibility of choosing upholstery and fabrics from very large catalogs, make the upholstered seats perfect even in the study areasupplied with the snack counter in kitchenin the living room or bedroom to solve with style, an otherwise too empty and little used corner.
In general, the proposals are united by the use of traditional materials, above all the solid wood, which very often shapes the structures left exposed. Sometimes we even witness the recovery of craft traditions, with interlocking and geometrical games that only a highly experienced master cabinetmaker is able to shape. Others see the beginning of a virtuous path by companies to contain the environmental impact.
BEYOND THE LEGS THERE IS MORE
The classics padded seats with four legs they remain the most popular, but there is no shortage of new products with interesting variations on the theme. The cantilever in tubular metal, like the Bonnie model by Visionary, some brands go further and offer an extreme customization of the bases. It does Kristalia with the Dua model, to be customized by mixing the three backrests (small, large or with armrests) and the seven bases, including a perch or race with wheels ideal for the home office. The support of a chair can also be the focal point of the entire construction, as in the case of Romby, designed by GamFratesi for Further. The shell is supported by a truncated cone in ash, a real sculpture available in black or natural.
REMOVABLE OR FIXED COVER
The choice between fixed or removable cover it is personal, and must be based on the habits of use of those who buy an upholstered seat. Definitely the chance to wash the cover it is not a small convenience, but it must be taken into account that the fabrics are often treated anti-stain and tolerate well cleaning with a damp cloth and neutral detergent. The market offers both types, for example the robust Tea of Molteni & C has a fixed cover. On the other hand, there are two removable covers halfway between the chair and the armchair, with more generous dimensions than the dining chairs but still suitable for being around a table. Viola’s Poltrona Frau wraps with the wooden shell enriched on the sides by a weave of leather cords that make it lighter; the two cushions that make up the seat and back can be made of leather or fabric. Montogomery’s Giorgettian absolute novelty for 2022 designed by Dainelli Studio, owes its name to the button that binds the back to the structure and is available with or without armrests.
Upholstered chairs often belong to complete seating lines, which allow you to combine the style of two adjoining rooms, perhaps the living room and the kitchen. Joy of Bonaldo, characterized by a clear division between the wooden structure that supports an upholstered shell, has two “sisters”: Miss Joy with an enveloping backrest and the Joy Too stool. Lucylle’s Mottowith or without armrests, it is available in the lounge chair, low or high stool version.
ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The search for sustainable materials for design it engages brands more and more, convinced that greener production is also the future of the design sector. Customers increasingly attentive to the raw materials used and the environmental approach of companies are a stimulus for an epochal change that promises to revolutionize the world of design. Among the upholstered seats it stands out for the high rate of formal innovation combined with a Dudet reflection of Cassina. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, it combines the unusual shape with a disassemblable and recyclable core. An innovative system developed with Cassina LAB allows to divide the metal skeleton from the polyurethane foam padding, made with a percentage of polyols (particular chemical compounds) derived from biological sources, facilitating their recovery. Pedrali prefers the use of responsibly managed and FSC certified forests for the Héra facility, for which it also uses water-based paints and resins of strictly vegetable origin.
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