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For Oki Sato of Japanese firm Nendo and Italian designer Luca Nichetto, collaborating on Isole Modular Seating was a study in virtual conectivity. An update on the tradition of Tanka, where one person starts a poem and a second completes it, they traded ideas via iPhone. "I sent Luca rough sketches...of soft shapes like pebbles or islands,” says Oki. (Isole means "islands" in Italian.) "So I designed the armature as a bridge to connect the islands into individual seats," adds Luca, "and each seat into a modular sofa.”
A truly unique sofa concept, with the striking modular seating's cushions and optional armrests in molded CMHR foam and upholstered in stretch fabrics that suit both residential and contract interiors. Powder-coated steel base features low slim legs for a floating effect. To complement any configuration, the series also includes integrated round, square or rectangular side tables. Martin Kornbek Hansen, CEO of maker &Tradition, sums it up nicely: "Their different perspectives came together as one vision, one entity."
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.