FlexformGroundpiece (2001), Antonio Citterio
Founded in 1959 by brothers Romeo, Pietro and Agostino Galimberti, Flexform SpA designs, produces and markets furniture and furnishing accessories. Flexform collaborated with Italian architects and creatives, many of whom destined to become the protagonists of Italian design. One of Flexform’s famous early designs was the Tube Chair by Joe Colombo, which is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Much of the recent history of Flexform began in 2001, when the architect Antonio Citterio designed the iconic Groundpiece sofa. The Goundpiece revolutionized the sofa industry, introducing new proportions and usage modes. It is comfortably deep, particularly low, and originally deconstructed with large goosedown cushions. The rather passé decorum of formal seating was instantly swept away by the Groundpiece, in favor of a more comfortable, relaxed sitting position. Groundpiece set the standard for many sofa designers to follow.
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