AROUND COMFORT: The material and conceptual research continues at Lapalma, committed to its path of exploration and development of new solutions: functional, comfortable and versatile; always more focused on comfort. Lapalma will exhibit at IMM Cologne 2016 a new stage of this research, an exploration throughout the subtle boundaries between "open house" and "light office", with a particular focus on the lounge idea, highlighted by a new catalogue that illustrates the new products, new colours and materials chosen for this area. From the house to the office and to contract environments, the design study moves towards versatile and modular solutions, portraying a taste and a unique way of life, betting on unusual combinations, with bold and strong personality. In a sign of comfort. Easy living, easy working: our way of life, living and working are increasingly assuming more blurred characters, with variable borders, which are evolving continuously. Common feature is the search for simple, adaptable, innovative solutions, with a strong personality but at the same time relaxing, created on tastes meeting specific needs. The result are crossover design products, able to adapt according to variable needs. Eclecticism is the stylistic word used to describe another Lapalma product, the perfect scope to satisfy the needs of the lounge area: the modular ADD system by Francesco Rota. In Cologne, ADD will feature an unusual configuration, circular and with seats facing internally, as an informal “meeting table”, to look in the eyes, share opinions and different points of view, to confront and stimulate creativity, towards a flowing workplace, comfortable and cozy. Playing with different heights, drawn near to the Brio table by Romano Marcato and to the Pass chair by Hee Welling, ADD becomes an interesting proposal for waiting areas or catering spaces.
ADD is a versatile system of modular seating, an extremely flexible project with the aim of meeting any need in the contract market (hotel rooms, waiting rooms, lounge areas, private studios, corridors), with the possibility of being adapted to the residential use too. The system is made of a base where you can put panels, seats, seat-backs and other devices, to obtain simple, compact modules, such as the small 2-seat sofa, as well as complex jointed seating, typical of the contract, which can be combined with coffee tables, trays, magazine racks or side tables including sockets to recharge smartphones or tablets. As regards the structure, each frame consists in extruded aluminium profiles linked by steel plates and elastic belts to increase the comfort of the seating. The single modules lie on 4 die-cast aluminium feet that are lacquered like the frame; when you connect 2 modules, you can avoid having a double foot using a special linking-system made of a single foot. The very shape of the pads, being they more stuffed in the middle, draws the attention to the seat itself. The same effect is also achieved by a marked, contrasting stitching. These features typically characterize an industrial product enriched by handcraft working. The seat-backs are padded too in order to provide support to the back and are thin and elegant. Its design is clean and essential. Its continual formal research in colors and materials makes the design even softer. Salone del Mobile 2014 has represented for lapalma a new challenge in contract and residential seating, which is now seen from a new, coherent, mature point of view. The height of the stool, the icon of lapalma, becomes shorter and materializes now in fresh, innovative seating that redefines the contract focusing on maximum comfort. This philosophy takes the form of some new-born projects like the bench-system ADD, which are going to be followed by further products and solutions coherently based on the same idea.