BREA | Armchair
Fabric armchair with removable cover
Simple. Gorgeous. Luxuriously comfortable. Endlessly adaptable. That’s BREA, the modular outdoor lounge system by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Produced at the highest standards, the upholstered sections look and feel permanent, although they can be removed at a moment’s notice. They literally slip on over backrests, side rests and seating. And of course, all materials used are suitable not only for use indoors, but also out. That’s why, in addition to its beauty, comfort and versatility, BREA offers unprecedented practicality.
For Barber & Osgerby, the concept of BREA derives from their belief that outdoor furniture should receive the same attention to detail they give their indoor designs. Modular sofa systems were typology that, in their view, was particularly ripe for reinvention out of doors. Inspired by the challenge, the designers sought to create a system that would not only allow upholstered elements to be removed, but that would look beautiful with or without them.
BREA is characterized by an unparalleled simplicity, quality and comfort that begins with its innovative tubular frame structure. Three stainless steel ‘loops’, one each for the single-seater, two-seater and three-seater modules, form the basis of the system. Together with a tubular armrest, a tubular backrest and five cleverly designed universal castings in aluminum, the loops allow for an endless variety of lounging configurations.
By reducing elements and eliminating complexity, Barber & Osgerby were able to focus on quality, from the perfection of the universal castings to the comfort of the cushions and upholstery. To support the cushions, they opted for belts of tensioned webbing. The result is even greater comfort, and, when the upholstery is removed, a beautiful graphic solution that meets the designers’ famously high aesthetic standards. For added practicality, the system is light enough to be repositioned with ease.
“There were many notable challenges for this collection,” the designers explain. “It had to be intelligent, adaptable and completely modular without compromising luxury or comfort. That’s why so much time and effort was spent on reducing complexity and caring for every detail.”