The central idea behind the Alcove collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, is that a sofa can go beyond being merely a piece of furniture and become a room of its own within a room. The Alcove sofa and high back sofa feature an unusually high backrest, allowing the user to withdraw physically and psychologically from surrounding activity. The collection's comfortable contours introduce new ways to occupy a room. Easy to install, match and move around, these sofas represent an island of calm, a place to relax, focus on a work task or enjoy a private conversation, especially in collective environments such as office spaces.At imm Cologne 2014, Vitra presented a new addition to the Bouroullec's Alcove collection, a low-slung sofa with an emphasis on casual comfort; The Alcove Plume. The thick, plush look of the seat cushions is matched by their superlative comfort. Though softly padded, they provide adequate support so that sitters do not sink in too deeply. Combined with the quilted side and back panels - a hallmark feature of the entire Alcove family - and the pointed loose cushions, they create a cosy and relaxing nest. Alcove Plume offers an inviting place to put up your feet and curl up in its soft upholstery.
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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness. In 1997, they presented their “Disintegrated Kitchen” at the Salon du Meuble in Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects, notably the Lit clos (“Closed Bed”) and the Spring Chair. Today, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, namely Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini and more recently Flos and Mattiazzi. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2010. They also embark on occasional architectural projects such as the Maison flottante (“Floating House”) in 2006 or the Camper stores in Paris and Copenhagen (2009) and the Casa Camper Hotel’s restaurant, Dos Palillos, in Berlin (2010).