ABBEY | Armchair
Fabric armchair with armrests
Destination Manzano, at Francesco and Stefano Borella’s atelier, to talk with them about
Abbey, designed by their artistic director and then committed to by Offisit.
The two smiling designers welcome the Design Stories team. They have a fraternal bond,
like two different brothers who appreciate and understand in an intuitive manner, like
two diverse and necessary elements, water and earth. One is the creativity while the
other is the implementation.
Their studio is a meticulous attention to detail, a space that combines an eclectic taste
with a meditative intimacy. Frances Burnett spoke about a secret garden where two
children could grow and mature, for Stefano and Francesco this would be a Zen
courtyard where they can rebalance themselves, to focus and interpret.
In this place, the Abbey line was created, an object looked upon as a constant parallel
between the past and modernity, a path which traces memories and defines new ways.
The shapes of the sofa, armchair and ottoman are soft, natural and are embellished by
the tailored imperfections that make each piece unique in its craftsmanship. The
stitching refines the object’s softness which has snuck into Stefano’s design; passing
from the head to the pencil, from the pencil to the paper and from there into a dynamic
and precise creation path which Francesco has carefully archived each step.
Abbey is an unrestrained result that can be understood and appreciated by everyone; it
invites you to come closer and have fun jumping on it or to sit in the strangest ways. It
is a shape that welcomes and embraces, softening the formality that often fills the
workplace. It is a piece of furniture that creates harmony in the space in which it is
placed, which, with its personality and volume, it pushes for sharing and socializing.
Design Stories rediscovers, in the dialogue between the two brothers, the genuineness
and spontaneity of childhood, when a colored balloon was enough to make us smile and
play for hours. Why then, over the years, despite the time with friends becoming work
commitments, we remain enthusiastic and are still fascinated in finding it there, in the
center of the room, always colorful and ready to play with us in its embrace of happy