The variously sized sofas of the Mariposa family are cosy and inviting, yet with a modern touch.
They owe their extraordinary comfort to the pleasantly soft upholstery and an ingenious adjustment mechanism, which makes it possible to individually adapt the side and backrest elements for various sitting or reclining positions. The Mariposa sofas do not openly display their functional features: the slim side and back elements can be continuously and silently adjusted, from an upright position to an outward angle of approximately 30° and back again. The resistance is calibrated in such a way that these elements stay in place when the sitter leans back in a normal fashion, but will adjust to the desired angle when intentional pressure is applied. This flexibility allows individual users to determine the position that is most comfortable for them.
STRUCTURAL FRAME Webbed metal frame with polyurethane foam
SEAT CUSHIONS Polyurethane and visco foams with chamber cushion overlay. Chamber cushion overlay filled with feathers and PU rods.
BACK AND ARMREST CUSHIONS Chamber cushion filled with stripped-quill feathers and PU rods
NOTE For transport purposes Mariposa can be partially disassembled. The instructions can be found in the SSE.
Edward Barber, born in Shrewsbury in 1969, and Jay Osgerby, born in Oxford in 1969, studied architecture and interior design as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1996, they founded their own studio for design and architecture under the name Barber & Osgerby. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture.
Swiss manufacturer Vitra’s collections of furniture and lighting bring together the colour, culture and sophistication of the world’s most prominent designers.