Are we sure that our comfort zone has to be abandoned to be happy?
This is the provocation launched by lapalma at the 57th edition of Salone del Mobile.
In a stand of 350 sqm, designed by the art director Francesco Rota , the brand of contract and home furniture introduces itself with a motto that, metaphors aside, reveals a project focused on well-being and the new styles of living.
An open space, open on three sides, is an invitation to discover new products and cross-over icons, in a display where proposals answer to the need of new lifestyles, which becomes more and more hybrid, both at home and in office.
First of all a new product, designed by the Finnish designer Antti Kotilainen: the stacking chair SEELA in polypropylene with simple lines but with a remarkable hallmark. An unexpected insert in wood seamlessly integrated in the seat, provides a value with a touch of warm texture. The insert in the seat can be in polypropylene in several colours or it can be upholstered. The stool is also interesting, thanks to the high comfort given by a generous seat with high backrest. An eclectic proposal aiming at a perfect balance between ergonomic and aesthetics and providing a wide customization to be used in different places, as demonstrated by the exhibited chairs.
ADD, the modular seating system by Francesco Rota, is displayed in the new version Soft, the result of a planned widened range to meet the need of corporate spaces and more focused on comfort: the leg has been shortened of 10 cm., to welcome cushions with different thickness; the shapes become more generous thanks to the element of 90 cm instead of 60 cm. The result is a more comfortable seating, upholstered in fabric or leather. It is perfect for those markets that need wide seating, but also for residential living areas and workplaces: ADD soft is displayed at the Salone in a nice 90° configuration in which the backrest seems to stop to welcome a flexible bench, with a useful top in Fenix and an end without armrest. Opposite, there is a configuration vis-à-vis, which, together with the versatile Kipu ottomans by Anderssen & Voll, the UNO lounge chairs by Francesco Rota and some side-tables, create an elegant and relaxing corner. Something new also for ACCA table by Francesco Rota: the new version h. 110 cm matches the SEELA stools and an unusual variation of the GIRO stools with backrest, by Fabio Bortolani. Thanks to a metal beam with sockets, ACCA is perfect as a high working table or shared workplaces.
And if the height of ACCA has been increased, the high table PANCO designed by Romano Marcato, has been lowered to 74 cm. in a configuration placed along the wall, to create with some KIPU ottomans an open and informal living zone.
Last but not least, Fork, the eclectic table by Tomoya Tabuchi, the configurable seating system Plus by Francesco Rota, displayed in the stand like an island to explain its innate and comfortable versatility, and the modular seating system ADD ( also table and cabinets) also by F.Rota. The wood, a strong presence in the stand, matches the fabrics and the colours that invite to relax: from the shades of grey to the beige and warmer tones of red and orange, the visitors are invited to lose themselves in the comfort zones of Lapalma.
LAPALMA al Fuorisalone
The Milan Design Week of Lapalma goes on out of the fair (FuoriSalone), where the brand is partner of the event Onlife. Millenials at Home, an exhibition born by an idea of Elle Décor Italia and open from 16th till 19th April at palazzo Bovara, Corso Venezia 51, Milano. For this event, investigating the relationship between living and the world of the Millennials, the seating modular system PLUS by Francesco Rota has been chosen to furnish the main Hall, at the entry of the venue. 10.5 mt of PLUS sofa, dark red, light brown, powder pink and orange will welcome the international visitors, explaining the high flexibility of this comfortable product.
But this is not all. Lapalma will be also present at the pavilion Living Nature. La natura dell'abitare , organized by Salone del Mobile together with the international design studio Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA). This project, open from 17th till 25th April, is set up in Piazza Duomo, just opposite Palazzo Reale. One single space of 500 sqm, conceived with energy-saving criteria, will host natural and climate microcosms which will allows the four seasons to coexists at the same time. An emotional journey, which is part of the debate about the value of the sustainable living and shows the possible reconciliation between man and nature. Among the iconic design products selected for this important project, there will be the Kipu ottomans, designed by Anderssen & Voll for lapalma, which thanks to their informal elegance will welcome many visitors.