Naviglio - Sofa

Naviglio - Sofa

Design: Yabu Pushelberg (2020).

Yabu Pushelberg’s Naviglio collection is composed of a curved, linear, chaise longue and ottoman elements that together express a visual dialogue between structure and form. The synthesis is the project’s essence and starts from its name. Watercourses are places of meeting and confluence, a synthesis of trade and leisure, human intervention and contact with nature.

 In the Canadian designers’ vision, the seating base is a riverbed that defines the space to accommodate a backrest/armrest which is as sinuous as a watercourse. Yabu Pushelberg’s design builds a relationship between organic forms and B&B Italia’s moulding technologies to create a consistent and univocal whole.

The backrest section and the seating shapes reveal a delicate balance between polygons and curved shapes, where geometry becomes softness and rigor blends with comfort. The backrest originates from a round shape, but it is actually an irregular polygon with rounded edges - both an amazing and reassuring detail. The upholstery of the different elements is made of differentiated density polyurethane to cosily embrace the body and ensure the most appropriate support.

The choice was dictated by the object’s nature - a sofa designed without seat cushions. Naviglio’s upholstery range comprises leather and fabric, including a new bouclé with a uniform base and multicolored flames that recall the dynamism of action painting and impressionistic color combinations. A subtle pictorial interplay between light and shadow that adds five variations of the new fabric to the collection, where white, grey, black and tortora colors interact.

The rear surface of the backrest presents a continuous tone-on-tone or contrasting decorative section, creating a linear element that further underscores the shape continuity.  The range complement, the Naviglio service table designed by Yabu Pushelberg studio, presents a transparent glass top to be positioned close to the seat. The slender bronzed nickel vertical axis is supported by a polished marble base, with a river stone-inspired shape.

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