Figure SofaDesign: Luca Nichetto (2023)
Pebbles, gemstones or a lady's shoe? The shapes that define Luca Nichetto’s FIGURE series instantly spark the imagination. FIGURE takes its cue from nature just as much as it does from Josef Hoffmann’s extraordinary jewellery designs, becoming an iconic object in its own right that is not only aesthetically captivating, but supremely comfortable and inviting, too. A balancing act that Wittmann pulls off effortlessly.
Like pebbles seemingly randomly thrown together by nature, colourful gemstones coalesce in harmonious patterns and, framed by precious metal, are transformed into brooches and pendants – Josef Hoffmann's Wiener Werkstätte-era jewellery had already provided the inspiration for Luca Nichetto's ANTILLES table series. Now, FIGURE is taking the idea to the next level. And into the third dimension. The sofa and lounge chairs in the series elevate the oval stones from the two-dimensional surface onto a three-dimensional plane. Together, Nichetto and Wittmann have worked up a statement piece, a design object with an organic and sculptural aesthetic.
In the generously proportioned sofa, which consists of five elements, oval remains the defining shape. A pair of differently sized backrests abut two seats, each with a different depth. On one side, the armrest hovers over the seat. This opens up the option of bringing the sofa – which initially appears to be a stand-alone piece – into a more communicative setting in which two pieces are positioned adjacent to one another and share an armrest.
|Size||H 77cm, B 290cm, T 85cm; Sitzhöhe 44cm; Armteilhöhe 56cm|
|Cover||fixed cover with piping; only Fabric; standard single color, multicolor for surcharge|
|Feet||black stained beech with felt glides|