was founded in Perignano, Tuscany, in 1987, and is now famous all over the world for the excellent quality of its residential interior design solutions, which are a perfect combination of artistic tradition, technological research, valuable materials and craftsmanship. Over these years of endless product development, Edra has managed to build a clear corporate identity based on its vision: combining beauty with personal well being.
Edra's company philosophy
Founded by Valerio and Monica Mazzei, the second generation of a family of pioneering furniture designers, Edra instantly stood out for its philosophy: staking it all on exclusive products, made to last, that do not give in to the latest trends. This has led the company to design sofas
and other items so accurately that they can be considered to be unique, distinctive pieces, made to be passed down from generation to generation as heirlooms.
Edra’s distinctive values are its commitment to technological research and a constant focus on design. It is on such grounds that the company selects its architects and designers, who have eventually become successful professionals and household names. This is what happened with Zaha Hadid
, with the Fernando and Humberto Campana
, with Francesco Binfaré, who has been working with Edra since 1993, with Jacopo Foggini, Masanori Umeda, to name just a few. All this until 2014, under the artistic and intellectual guidance of Massimo Morozzi, whom Edra fondly remembers.
Nowadays, the sofas, armchairs, beds, tables, cupboards and lamps by Edra make up an unrivaled collection of pieces that define an outstanding landscape. Behind each piece there is a story, universal messages that bring people together, at all latitudes.
This has shaped the concept of a sofa that can easily adapt to different places and people, taking new shapes and positions to meet any special requirement. A sofa that changes its looks, like the Flap. One that has interchangeable geometries, like On the Rocks. One that looks and feels cuddly, like the Pack or Sherazade. A timeless one, like the Absolu. One that becomes the symbol of making time for oneself, like the Grande Soffice, the new sofa that combines great comfort with an exceptionally large size.
Edra: quality and innovation
A search for quality and a constant pursuit of product innovation has led Edra to develop exclusive solutions for its sofas, as a result of a decades-long partnership with Francesco Binfaré. One of such solutions is the “smart cushion”, which can be molded and shaped as one like, to find the most relaxing position with a flick of one’s hand.
Another exclusive technology developed by Edra’s research is the Gellyfoam®, a patented material inspired by the biomedical industry that offers ultimate comfort. An unexpected softness wraps the body and provides the right level of support: it took years of endless experimentation to achieve such level of excellence.
Loyal to its values, Edra is a proud supporter of the “made in Tuscany”: it is in Perignano, a town surrounded by the history and beauty of the Tuscan countryside, that its sofas are designed and manufactured.
The fabrics used for the upholsterers are an integral part of the design, not a mere addition: exclusively made for Edra, they need to fulfill technical specifications – first and foremost, strong, thick yarns – that perfectly match the materials so as to give the sofa the right shape. The aesthetic qualities of the fabrics must then agree with the language of the piece: they are its skin.
The factories use next-generation technology throughout the process, keeping excellence and sustainability in mind: for Edra, this value means producing pieces that are made to last, far from the concept of built-in obsolescence.
An international approach company
For years, Edra has been in the collections of the most important international museums of contemporary art and design, all over the world. Its pieces are in the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York, in the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, to mention just a few. Edra has flown the flag of Italian excellence at the Rio 2016 and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games. In addition, Edra believes in and supports culture; it publishes books that tell about the beauty of Italy and its products.
In 2017, Edra celebrated its 30th anniversary. A story apart. In 2018, Edra launched an exclusive showroom design, called Spazio Edra: an innovative design by Stefano Pasqualetti, architect and photographer, which has been opened in Moscow , Milan, Lissone, Bologna, Naples, Brindisi, Brescia and Prague.