Interior spaces are a constellation of multiple elements framed by a building’s architecture. Furniture, in particular, plays a key role in defining a space, affecting the uses, comfort level, and feel of the space. Creating a coherent design that maximizes function and activates a living space requires furniture pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing to begin but are also timeless – creating a dialogue between furniture and architecture.
A furniture piece can be described as an extension of architecture, creating a direct connection between structure and inhabitants. The piece’s geometries must mimic or complement the proportions and shapes incorporated into the architecture while accommodating the physical needs of the individual. A notable Italian furniture design company, Flexform, has utilized many of these design principles in the company’s portfolio of contemporary style furniture. Originally the handmade crafts of the Galimberti brothers in 1959, ‘Flexform di Galimberti’s’ early success led the company to expand and grow – allowing many of timeless pieces to be incorporated into the fabric of international architecture.
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Flexform’s Campiello Sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio, incorporates a clean-lined modern frame with loose back pillows that soften the overall feel of the sofa. The relationship between the frame and cushions creates a versatile furniture piece that can be manipulated at the moment to accommodate the sitter while maintaining a defined sense of space when viewed from the back or against a wall.
Particularly when designing around existing historic architecture, it becomes increasingly difficult to find furniture pieces that bridge the gap between the traditional and the modern. The Leda Chair embraces modern aesthetics in the smooth curve of the chair’s body, but can also compliment the elegance of the historic interiors without conflict.