Maralunga Armchair
Vico Magistretti

Steel armature, polyurethane foam, fiberfill, and wool upholstery
30 x 42 x 36", seat h. 17"

Versatile by nature, the Maralunga sofa was created to synthesize two functional variations into a single form: the conversational sofa on one hand, and a more relaxing model on the other. The desired effect is reached thanks to the contemporary back support that sits both high and low. It’s this element that embodies the central concept of the design: a backrest that can easily be folded, modifying its function with a simple gesture.

The secret lies in the use of a bike chain, which is capable of giving the model both structure and flexibility when wrapped around the foam backrest. Its movement then becomes the base for a product that, true to the highest traditions of Italian design, emerges from the fusion of craftsmanship and technological innovation.

“My intention with Maralunga,” said Vico Magistretti, “was to design an object that represented a whole range of interior architecture with a familiar feel. Somewhere warm, comfortable and cosy, where one can feel totally at ease in the new-found embrace of those old, comfy, protective reading armchairs pulled up to a fireplace or window. Two positions, two possible uses, two different ways to create your own personal space inside a room.” —Elle Decor

(Photo: MoMA)