Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti has designed a unique piece of upholstery shaped like a dome. The shape and visual texture of the piece, produced by Manie Design, is inspired by the dome-shaped concrete bollards seen around the city of Milan. The bollards were designed by Enzo Mari and were originally installed around sidewalks to prevent motorists from driving onto them.
Iacchetti's dome-shaped upholstery expands the idea and notion of comfort by borrowing a design from a hard, uncomfortable piece of the busy urban streetscape and transforming it into a soft, inviting piece of furniture suitable for any private home.
The round form also looks much like a panettone, a traditional Italian holiday cake. The texture is neither hard like a concrete bollard nor overly soft like a cushion. It is firm enough to sit or stand on but has a soft, comforting surface that sinks in ever so slightly.
Photo Credits: designboom, giulioiacchetti
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