The structure is simple, self-sufficient.
The base frame at first appears to be a square but is actually a trapezium which follows the outline of the backrest and seat. There is a clash between regular and irregular shapes in the appearance of the seat which, despite its apparent angularity, actually has a curved section to provide maximum comfort. Volant is different. The sofa is something between a Balenciaga gown and the robes of a Shogun, an ancient Japanese military commander. The base is a body ready to be transformed, it gives a flash of leg and hints at its curves. The seat wears a short, tight, flirty dress making it even more comfortable, even more beautiful.
Stress-resistant flame-retardant polyurethane foam in varied densities and polyester fiber on steel frame. Base in tubular steel with chrome or varnished finish. Volant collection covers are removable.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and currently lives and works in Milan. She studied at the faculty of Architecture at the Madrid Politecnico and at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated in 1989. From 1990 to 1996 she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico di Milano. During this time she has also led the
product development department at DePadova, where she designed together with Vico Magistretti. In 2001 she opened her studio of product design, display, and architecture. She has worked with leading manufacturers.
Urquiola has received prizes including Designer of the Year, Elle Decor International Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Design Prize Cologne.