Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby presented their first project for Knoll at the Salone del Mobile 2013 – an extensive new collection that includes upholstered pieces, side tables and a stool. The collection comes as Knoll celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Salone. Different sized sofas, an armchair and ottomans each exhibit a balance between soft and architectural: the stitched seams of the furniture reinforce its architectural profile, softened by the curvature of cushions on each face. “Given a sofa's scale and prominence in a room, we felt the pieces should be formally balanced and calm, expressing their character through details", the designers say. "The project is primarily concerned with comfort and the foot detail, which visually connects the sections.”

  • Year / 2013
  • Manufacturer / Knoll

Each piece sits on distinctive cast aluminium feet that slide neatly between its upholstered elements. The sofas, armchair and ottomans are available in a range of upholstery fabrics and leathers, while the leg of the furniture can be specified in chrome and various lacquered colours, serving as a contrasting highlight. A compact version of the armchair, and two and three-seat sofas are also available. Scaled for the workplace or smaller apartment, these pieces feature a lower back and reduced seat depth. The side tables and stool contrast with the casual aesthetic of the upholstered seating. A robust cast aluminium base supports either a round tabletop or the round wooden seat of the stool. The geometric, elementary framework of the base is an interpretation of the familiar tripod structure; its tripod legs visually contained by two rings. Base finishes include black, white and red, which can be paired with a variety of leather and marble tabletops, or an opaque white glass tabletop. The Sofa Collection is available now to European markets; the stool and occasional tables will be available for Autumn 2013.