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The Palinfrasca Sofa, with its immediately recognisable iconic shape, pays tribute to the 1994 work by Luca Meda from which it takes its inspiration, interpreting the essence of teak not only in an unprecedented and contemporary way, but also in the most exhaustive representation of Molteni&C's savoir-faire and research into materials: a knowledge gained in the almost ninety years of the life of the company, founded in 1934.

Design Vincent Van Duysen

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The Landmark Collection presents a modular system in solid teak, characterised by curved, soft, angular lines that give an intense feeling of comfort. The system is composed of a multiplicity of elements that can be placed side by side to create configurations that are always different, can be moved as desired, and can be reassembled.

The seats are rich in refined cabinet-making details, such as the profile cut into the connection between the end pillar of the structure and the back of the sofa, which serves as a convenient shelf for small objects. The solid wood pillar itself shows a soft, rounded profile and a double curvature in the corners that give the material a 'soft' image.

The gentle curves of the supportive frame, together with the silky smoothness of the wood, conjure up a general image of softness.

Another distinctive element of the Landmark Collection is the "weaving" of the thin backrest band, which recalls the weaves in natural materials of the Mediterranean tradition. There is a warp and weft motif on painted metal rods in a burnished colour, which, in a macro-scale design, lends an original and contemporary aesthetic. The backrest weave is available in teak or olive green EVA polyurethane, a pliable yet non-deformable plastic material with an appearance reminiscent of leather and salt- or weather-resistant characteristics suitable for outdoor furniture.

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The sofa cushions are generous, giving an idea of abundance, softness and richness of materials. The seat cushion in moulded polyurethane with variable densities provides maximum support, for immersive comfort. The upholstery is in outdoor, draining and weather-resistant fabric. The covers are easily removable, despite the large dimensions.

The back cushions, which can be positioned freely and in the desired quantity, are available in two sizes. Their construction not only emphasises the formal purity of the individual elements and enhances the richness of the woven pattern, but also fulfils an effective ergonomic function that can be modulated and customised.

The series includes: sofas in three widths, end pieces in two different lengths; corner and chaise longues, also in two lengths; a smaller sofa with a deep, immersive seat and a large, scenic circular island element, as well as an armchair and a pouffe.


Vincent Van Duysen

Vincent Van Duysen was born in 1962, in Lokeren, Belgium and graduated in architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas, in Ghent. From 1986 to 1989 he worked in Milan and Brussels. He opened his own studio in Antwerp, in 1990 focusing on architecture and interior design. The relationship between interior design and architecture in his work is profound. Furnishings and accessories are designed with an architectural perspective that is not limited by form, but is expressed with a careful perception of interior space and its relationship to the exterior architecture. By interpreting architecture and redefining its proportions, Van Duysen creates objects of great purity and simplicity that still retain a concrete character and solid form.

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Vincent Van Duysen

“Protection is something very important that we all need and that is something that I want to translate into my architectural and design work”

Vincent Van Duysen


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