SAKé and Formiche. Two projects comes from the lightness
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Piero Lissoni + B&B Italia
13/04/2017 - SAKé and Formiche. A sofa and a desk marked the beginning of the cooperation between Piero Lissoni and B&B Italia. Some time ago, in a Japanese restaurant, the founder of the brand Piero Busnelli, while he was sipping his sakè, told the designer: "Sooner or later you’re going to work for me". With this thrilling memory Piero Lissoni presents SAKé, his first story for B&B Italia paying homage to that moment.
“This design comes from the search for lightness. A technological platform, magically suspended in the air like a flying carpet, with cushions added to enclose the borders, and finally, legs to ground it. This is the basic idea of the SAKé collection, made up of pieces for seating and sleeping, designed in a simply contemporary language, connected with my proportions. I liked the idea of following in the wake of B & B Italia, of modernity. For me, SAKé is a platform on which floating in peace. But it is also a sofa...” Piero Lissoni
Seats in three sizes (175, 210 and 270 cm) with embracing or linear backs and arms of various dimensions added harmoniously to create a sofa adapted to the customer’s space and personal taste. The system is enhanced with a chaise longue element (105 x 135 cm) that lends itself to various interpretations: as the terminal element in a linear composition, with a more enveloping back and with the addition of arms, it can stand on its own or, alongside with another chaise lounge, it can create a sofa with deep seating. The details of the cushions and supporting base contribute to the design lightness.
The seat cushion has refined modular stitching, ranging from 35 to 45 cm; the back cushions, available in two sizes, are outlined by profiled bands. The seating system support base is made of cross-bars with rounded steel legs connected to each other by a bar. All this is finished in pewter lacquer paint.
This seating system also offers a sofa bed (150 x 210 cm), the only one in the B&B Italia collection, adopting the other sofas seating and back elements. The interchangeable right or left arm can serve as a headboard when, with a simple translation movement of the seat and the overturning of the back, the sofa becomes a single bed.
Lightness and simplicity distinguish Formiche (Ants in English) complements. The slender supporting structure (making reference to the name), with its shape and finishing, picks up the theme of the legs in the sofa system. The rounded support of pewter-painted steel is connected by cross-bars to support the tops in different shapes, round, oval, or “kidney bean.”
Various shapes and heights make it possible to compose different support systems. The tops themselves, made of transparent glass, light oak, titanium painted metal or porcelain ceramic, white or grey stone, have a fine thickness of 8 mm.