Alfa

Design Emaf Progetti - 1999, 2000

Armchair, monobloc, modular sofas, poufs. Steel feet, chromium-plated or varnished graphite, or with natural or black nickel-satin finish. Steel frame. Elastic strips suspension. Upholstery in polyurethane/heat-bound polyester fibre. Fabric or leather removable cover with quilted seat cushion. Small cushions in Dacron Du Pont or in goose down.

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From design to product

A simple intuition – a decorative element borrowed from the upholstery tradition – yet realised some ten years before the climate of historical reinterpretations that were going to be brought back again shortly by the occurrences and recurrences of design, able to offer a proper sense of reception to the rigid compositions of volumes within a strongly contemporary system of stuffed elements.

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In this way, the sofa Alfa (one of the first, well-measured designs by Francesca Zanotta for Emaf Progetti) becomes the omega of a sophisticated, bourgeois and updated taste, which, against a simplification of lines, does not give up the idea of comfort, the promise of wellbeing made by the most traditional of textile surfaces, i.e. deep-buttoned upholstery, showing that peculiar motif of stitching, which here is restricted and almost only evoked in the sitting elements, while the stock of several pillows, of different sizes, to be freely added to the base of the sofa, helps to convey the feeling of a soft and protective ‘shelter’.
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The beginning of the new millennium marked an important change in trend in regards to the stylistic line adopted by Zanotta sofas. Recovering the modernist tradition, the Alfa is characterized by minimal lines, by chromium-plated metal legs that raise it off the ground and the use of square-shaped quilting that covers the seat. Alfa has been designed not merely as a sofa but as a series of articulated elements, monobloc and modular, designed to meet the various needs of furniture in terms of both functionality and style, at home and in public spaces.
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Maison MW, Vallée de Joux.