The Essential sofa by Francesco Binfaré was released at the 2016 Milan furniture fair.

The Essential sofa by Francesco Binfaré was released at the 2016 Milan furniture fair.

The newest sofa designed by Francesco Binfarè for Edra is both essential in form and in name – and the result of more than 20 years research into how we like to relax at home.

The Milan-based designer Francesco Binfaré is a founding member of Italy’s avant-garde design fraternity and one of the forefathers of Italian design. From the start his interest has been in human behaviour and how design must interact – the Essential sofa is his latest work for Edra.

Sofas are interesting objects. They are rooted in a particular era and yet timeless
— Francesco Binfarè

In the early experimental days of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, along with Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass, Massimo Morozzi, Gaetano Pesce, and others, Francesco Binfarè forged relationships with manufacturers and established new ways of making things using innovative technologies and processes.

The Essential sofa uses 'smart' cushions. The technology allows cushions to act as both armrest and backrest by modelling themselves into infinite positions with the slightest pressure.

The Essential sofa uses 'smart' cushions. The technology allows cushions to act as both armrest and backrest by modelling themselves into infinite positions with the slightest pressure.

It was during those heady, creative days when the design industry we know today was born. Binfaré was involved in the pivotal 1972 exhibition ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape’ held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and it was here that the local design vanguard presented the new culture of design taking shape across Italy.

It was at this time that Binfaré made his name, joining Cassina, designing for C&B Italia (now B&B Italia) and for Venini glass.

In 1992 he was invited by Massimo Morozzi to design for Edra. Sofas including Flap, On the Rocks, Absolu, Sfatto, Standard, Sherazade, Sofa and Sofa Gran Khan followed, defining the spirit of the Edra sofa collection which is built on invention, ideas, technique and quality.

Francesco Binfaré’s latest sofa, aptly named Essential, was launched by Edra at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2016. Based on a modular system, it is flexible, adaptable, and like all of Binfaré's ideas, encourages interaction, and continues his interest in people and human behaviour.

“Today, in my opinion”, remarks Binfaré, "people feel denuded in this huge, global and very conformist space. As a result of this, very basic needs, such as the need for roots, grow. We return to the essentials, but with the availability of new and sophisticated technologies."

View the Edra collection on the Space Furniture Australia website.


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