The fundamental idea behind the Alcove product family – providing places of shelter and seclusion – also applies to Alcove Highback Work: the sofa shields users both visually and acoustically from the surrounding environment, forming a space for withdrawal.
With its integrated tablet desk, storage box and cable inlet, Alcove Highback Work is a sofa version that offers a flexible and private workspace in the open-plan office for individual tasks requiring concentration.
Tubular steel, chrome-plated or powder-coated (smooth), metal frame with MDF panel.
High back and side panels form a visual and acoustic shield, integrated MDF boards for structural support, panel sections connected with zip fasteners.
Seat and back cushions
Polyurethane foam and polyester fibre. Work upholstery for work-oriented sitting, 480 mm (measured according to EN 1335-1 = 385 mm).
MDF carcass covered in polyurethane foam.
Tubular steel, chrome-plated or powder-coated (smooth).
Two bonded MDF panels, covered in leather.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, born 1971 and 1976, respectively, in Quimper, France, studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.
Since 1999 both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.
One of their most unconventional designs, Algue (2004), was created in this context. The collaboration between the Bouroullec brothers and Vitra began with the office furniture system Joyn, which was developed between 2000 and 2002 and continues to be expanded and refined. Along with Jasper Morrison, Hella Jongerius and Antonio Citterio, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have made major contributions to the steadily growing Vitra Home Collection.