For Oki Sato of Japanese firm Nendo and Italian designer Luca Nichetto, collaborating on Isole Modular Seating was a study in virtual connectivity. An update on the tradition of Tanka, where one person starts a poem and a second completes it, they traded ideas via iPhone. "I sent Luca rough sketches...of soft shapes like pebbles or islands," says Oki. (Isole means "islands" in Italian.) "So I designed the armature as a bridge to connect the islands into individual seats," adds Luca, "and each seat into a modular sofa."
A truly unique sofa concept, with the striking modular seating's cushions and optional armrests in molded CMHR foam and upholstered in stretch fabrics that suit both residential and contract interiors. Powder-coated steel base features low slim legs for a floating effect. To complement any configuration, the series also includes integrated round, square or rectangular side tables. Martin Kornbek Hansen, CEO of maker &Tradition, sums it up nicely: "Their different perspectives came together as one vision, one entity."
$2,745 – $24,075 based on final options selected
Steel, molded CMHR foam, black MDF, nano laminate surface
Configuration: Configuration 1, Configuration 4, Configuration 5, Configuration 6, Configuration 2, Configuration 3
Upholstery Group: Fabric Group 1, Fabric Group 2, Fabric Group 4