Designed to be spacious and expansive, Italian-born, Swedish-based designer Luca Nichetto wanted to minimise anything voluminous and accentuate the look and feel of lightness. Seen in this new version of Cloud Sofas with a high back.
The secret to Cloud’s truly hygge sensation involves feather and foamfilled seat cushions resting on an upholstered solid wood base. Slim steel legs keep the base “afloat”, with a special coating in black, chrome or bronzed. The cushions along the back are secured in place with a curved shell that extends quite high above your back, constructed from foamwrapped plywood covered in the same textile to match the cushions.
A graduate from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, he launched his own design firm Nichetto & Partners in 2006, focusing on architecture, interiors and product design. Known for his creative collaborations with des- igners from Japan, Russia, Italy and elsewhere around the world, Nichetto’s work is characterised by merging classic forms and craftsmanship with pers- onality and versatility using colour palettes inspired by nature.
“I think the future is in sharing,” says Nichetto. “It’s much more powerful than being alone. It’s about being open to other perspectives. The best results come when there’s 50 per cent of each.”
Cloud is an ideal example of this merging of mindsets. It’s a series of one, two and three-seat sofas and a pouf. In a soft, voluminous shape that creates the illusion of floating on a cloud.“Cloud” has the unadorned shell of Danish design and the comfort of pillows from Italian design.“What I really like about this project is that &tradition and I could go deep into all the details to focus on the fabrics, colours and even the stitching,” said Nichetto. The result is a fan- tastic fusion of both cultures in one cosy concept.”