ORGATEC 2016: slim

The British design consultancy PearsonLloyd, consisting of two successful designers known for their extremely elegant trait, have signed the slim office seating collection for Alias.
This product family is perfectly aligned with the design philosophy of the Bergamo-based company, keen to extend its office furniture catalogue, while confirming its specifically focused research within the field of design Made in Italy.

Finely drawn and sleek lines, slender profiles and upholstering with soft extended edges which, on the back and lower elements, link up with the backrest presented in various materials: These are the characterizing elements of the entire collection.

The family is composed of three different types of chair.

The functional chairs - slim task - are fitted with a Donati weight-sensitive synch mechanism, which guarantees elevated comfort since it allows the synchronized movement of seat and backrest: the tension of the backrest angle depends on the user’s weight.
The bare bones of the mechanism have been used to keep thicknesses to a minimum: the resulting chair is extremely slim and elegant, as well as being highly comfortable thanks to its polyurethane padding and inner elastic structure. As is the case with bicycle design, simplicity and harmony between the mechanical and aesthetic components are successfully achieved.
The ultra-flat Donati mechanism is concealed by a carter consisting of three elements and two-buttons: one to block the backrest angle and another to adjust piston height.

The chair - in moulded polyurethane with a metal structure - and the backrest are separated by a net division, yet visually with a continuous line.
The backrest is of a clean-cut, extremely tapered shape which gives it a finished look, almost detached from the seat.
The seat and front side of the backrest are upholstered in fabrics by Kvadrat® and Camira® or in PELLE FRAU® Color System (SC) leather while the back may be supplied in plastic material lacquered in various colours.
The task chairs comply with UNI 1335C standards, relating to ergonomic principles and minimal functional requirements for office chairs.
Work conditions and the protection of office workers, in terms of health and safety, require “office task chairs” to be produced in compliance with the ergonomic principles and minimum functional requirements contained in the following norms:
UNI EN 1335-1, dimensions and determination of dimensions;
UNI EN 1335-2, safety requirements;
UNI EN 1335-3, safety testing methods.
Slim task chairs are class C.

The slim conference chairs, which lend themselves to various uses, are presented in the version with a fixed seat or fitted with a harmonious oscillating mechanism complete with lever enabling blockage and height adjustment.
The seat and backrest are produced in one single piece. The polyurethane foam shell with its internal structure in metal carpentry work for extra comfort, is being presented in three sizes, with a low, medium or high backrest.
The front surface of the shell may be upholstered in fabrics by Kvadrat® and Camira® or in PELLE FRAU® Color System (SC) leather; likewise for the back which may also be supplied, however, in a compact material lacquered in various colours.

The slim conference chairs may be fitted with a 70 cm diameter 4-star base with fixed glides or a 5-star base with castors. The piston excursion is 12 cm.

To complete the collection Alias presents, slim lounge: two comfortable chairs with a light shell in an uninterrupted line, supported by an 85 cm diameter 4-star base, fitted with auto-return to ensure perfect alignment between seat and base.
Ideal for waiting or relaxing, the lounge low is available with a low backrest and spacious seat while the lounge high model comes with a high backrest and a more embracing seat.
Slim lounge is presented with the front surface of the shell upholstered in fabrics by Kvadrat® and Camira® or in PELLE FRAU®Color System (SC) leather, and the back of the shell lacquer-finished in tone or in a compact material lacquered in a choice of colours.

All the chairs belonging to the slim collection, apart from the lounge low model, may be fitted with aluminium armrests in one of two different models: in the classical T shape or that of a Y, both to match the finish of the base (polished, chromed or stove enamelled in various colours).
A most refined and innovative option conferring even more character to the collection.

Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd have therefore designed a highly contemporary collection, defined by elements of extreme formal lightness and elevated comfort, with the intent to offer architects an ideal and versatile project to satisfy all requirements, no matter how specific.

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ORGATEC 2016: frame 52 & frame 52 soft

The frame 52 collection was created by analysing the proportions of contemporary seats and the changes that have taken place in the typical construction of the office chair, which has increasingly acquired the connotations of a “workplace”, where different social relations activities and team work activities take place.

To meet these new requirements, starting from the mechanical design of the rollingframe and the meetingframe equipped with the oscillating TILT mechanism, Alias asked Alberto Meda to study a new system of bases and mechanisms which would make it possible to increase the width of the seat by 10%.

The difficulties encountered during the research and development process were mostly due to the physical properties of the elements which were required to support elements of very different sizes, compared to the historic collection, without diminishing the formal lightness that has always characterised this collection.

Based on a new approach developed through careful static analyses, two new bases are now available, 70 cm in diameter, featuring a flat, slim profile, with the thickness close to the limit of the physical strength of the parts, which makes it possible to fit different pistons and create different chairs of different heights.

The handle of the tilting mechanism and the die-cast elements have also been redesigned according to the spirit of the frame project.

With frame 52, Alias and Alberto Meda show how keenly they follow the evolution of product construction and the applicable regulations: the frame chair, one of Alias’ top sellers, has been substantially restyled to conform to new ways of working andnew ways of using the product.
With its elegant proportions, frame 52 is ideally suited for use in an office environment, but it is equally in the world of hospitality and in the private household, where the meetingframe lounge chair finds its ideal location in the relax area of the living-room.

Rollingframe 52 is characterised by a five-star swivel base in die-cast aluminium on casters, and an exterior mantle connecting the outer surface of the 40 mm piston to the centre of the base. The self-aligning swivel chair meetingframe 52, of more compact design, has a four-star base on die-cast aluminium feet.
In either case, the base adopts a tilting mechanism ensuring a higher degree of comfort by making it possible to tilt the seat and the back in sync.
The hardness of the spring that governs the tilting mechanism can be adjusted in relation to the users weight.
The collection is rounded off by meetingframe lounge 52: a piston 50 mm lower than usual and a back slanted by 5 degrees converts the chairs into small armchairs, which are even more comfortable when paired with a feetframe ottoman.

The new proportions of the frame 52 collection makes these chairs ideal for informal technical seating, home office and operational office premises.

Frame 52 chairs, available with and without arms, are characterised by a structure made of extruded aluminium sections and die-cast elements in the finishes: chromed, polished, stove enamelled in different colours. Seat and back are made of polyester mesh covered with PVC in many colours; or Kvadrat® fabrics; or Pelle Frau® Color System leather, in a selection of 7 stylish colours. Another option is a polyester mesh coated with PVC with hemp fibre, visually more opaque than the standard version, and with a natural touch.

Frame 52 also comes in a SOFT version, with a cushion upholstered with soft Pelle Frau® Color System leather or Kvadrat® fabric and divided into four sections: two on the seat and two on the back, for enhanced comfort.

The frame 52 & frame soft 52 collections comply with UNI 1335C standard relating to the ergonomic principles and minimal functional requirements of office chairs.
The working conditions and the protection of the health and safety of persons working in an office require that “office work chairs” be designed and constructed according to the ergonomic design principles and minimum functional requirements specified in the following standards:
UNI EN 1335-1, Dimensions - Determination of dimensions;
UNI EN 1335-2, Safety requirements;
UNI EN 1335-3, Test methods.
Frame 52 chairs are class C when equipped with expanded polyurethan foam arms.

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ORGATEC 2016: okome

Through the collaboration with the Japanese studio Nendo emerges okome, the upholstered furniture system. Alias enters the living-contract world, with this fresh and refined creation.
A family of seats and backs characterised by wide angles, soft, rounded and natural forms that recall the natural shapes of pebbles smoothed by water.
Combining different elements together and joining them with a sophisticated connector system, Alias obtains nine different configurations, specially designed to meet specific needs of the office (lounge zones, waiting areas, rooms for informal meetings) and the home domain.
The widely diversified configurations are suitable for a variety of uses and situations, from the single seat to full seating sets suitable for contract divisions and waiting rooms, as well as sofa systems for the domestic use.
Each piece, whether seat or back, appears as a soft element, a compact volume that enters the world of upholstered furniture.
The structure is made of wood, the upholstery is expanded polyurethane foam with different densities and a layer of memory foam to ensure that the sofa will retain its shape.
The modules are assembled with ease to obtain generously sized seats, always supported by the comfortable backs thanks to the use of a connector system made out of steel.
All elements are embellished with removable covers proposed in various Kvadrat® fabrics.
The pebble system is enriched by a range of complementary items that make it even more attractive: a pouf, which may add yet another seat to the set, a practical table with a structure in stove enamelled steel and a top in MDF in various colours; and the innovative table cable, a pouf of new design enclosing a container with cover – made of plastic in a choice of colours - housing the cable management box, an indispensable support for various devices.
Okome is the proposal developed by Alias for the world of informal seats and poufs. The generous rounded shapes of the collection, the extreme formal consistency between all the modules as well as the accessory elements make these sofas truly unique, capable of creating the greatest variety of environments through a rational approach of managing very different spaces.

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ORGATEC 2016: eleven high back privacy

The eleven high back sofa collection designed for Alias by British designers PearsonLloyd has been enriched with a new version, which may be seen as its natural completion. It features a light structure obtained by placing two eleven high back sofas one in front of the other and closing one side with a single panel which is anchored to the legs. The legs made from die-cast aluminium proposed many colours characterise the entire collection. The new configuration becomes a meeting room, intimate and functional, which is able to create an area which provides privacy by beeing visually and acoustically shielded, accommodating up to four persons.

The panel, compatible with 1-, 2- and 3-seat sofas, can also be added to products ordered previously.
To optimise the use, the panel is fitted with two zippers that allow the central section, being 1m long, to be used independently of the two sofas. That means the sofas can be arranged in different angles to each other, configuring highly dynamic spaces.

The panels are versatile and have a strong visual impact: covered with Kvadrat® or Camira fabrics, they are the same colour as the padded, fire-resistant elements of the sofa: the cushions, back and arms which are secured to the panels by means of practical snap fasteners.

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ORGATEC 2016: biplane high

A strong grasp of form and composition has given life to a collection of tables characterised by great flexibility in terms of shape, size and range of uses.
Biplane drew its inspiration from the idea of creating a wide and well-diversified series of models.
The legs in die-cast aluminium are fixed both to a central base and to the table top forming a solid structure. The number of legs may vary depending on the dimensions of the top, available in different finishes.

Now biplane includes a new version, 110 cm high. Contemporary office and meeting room models often prefer high tables that enable the use of stools and therefore a more dynamic use of tables, compared to standard models, as you can work by leaning against the table top as well as sitting on a high chair. These characteristics make biplane the ideal choice for dynamic working environments, where meetings and group work sessions take place.

Alberto Meda has designed a totally refurbished leg, sturdier and taller than in the previous 72 cm version of biplane, and featuring a V shaped cross-section that minimises the use of aluminium, while retaining high structural strength. The outcome is a table with a very slender profile and visually very light.
Suitable for use in a meeting room, it also lends itself to being used as a reception desk.

The V shaped cross-section of the leg provides a passage for the power cables leading up to the tabletop.

The collection has also been enriched with four tops, in white lacquered MDF, characterised by bevelled corners, which may be used with 110 cm high legs: the square top comes in two sizes, 120x120 and 140x140 cm, and the rectangular top is provided in 205x105 or 240x105 cm.
Perfect for any environment, the new biplane tables reflect Alias’ incessant drive to develop solutions that will meet each and every need.

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ORGATEC 2016: TEC system

Tec is an modular table featuring slender legs in die-cast aluminium that are hooked onto an extruded aluminium structure set back relative to the edge of the table top. On the one hand, this configuration achieves an interesting visual effect as the top seems to be floating in the air and, on the other hand, thanks to the structure’s rigidity, offers the possibility to choose from a very broad range of sizes.
The introduction of a cable version makes the tec table ideally suited for use in the widest variety of settings and applications.

Now the tec collection has been enriched by adding 3 new sizes - 160x160, 200x160 and 240x160 cm -, all of them characterised by the 4 legs on the outsides that guarantee the stability of the bearing structure and the planarity of the table top. These new models may be fitted with a plate below the top to house the sound-absorbent system and with a set of cable management receptacles secured by means of magnets to ensure optimal flexibility of use.

Tec is also a table system due to the addition of a new leg, which may be used to configure three new modules and may be arranged in different ways to create various configurations: the initial 4-leg module, the central modules, and the final 2-leg module.
Available with white Full Color plywood top, 80 or 160 cm wide and 160, 200 or 240 cm long, the three modules use different structures to support the top. The table may be fitted with a courtesy panel and cable holes with covers.

Tec system is available with many accessories, including sound absorbent panels, in Full Color plywood or MDF, covered with Kvadrat® fabric, a white painted steel container for the cables, cable channels in anodised aluminium, and a grey plastic interlinked vertebrae as wire manager.

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ORGATEC 2016: aline update

Aline, the container system designed by Dante Bonuccelli makes its debut in a new variant anchored to the ceiling.
The uprights, available in two sizes suitable for rooms 270 cm or 300 cm high, are secured by pressure between floor and ceiling.
The new uprights can be adjusted for height from 268 to 290 cm by means of adjustable feet at either end.
The new floor to ceiling bookcase may be installed side to side to the self-standing version and adjacent shelving will be aligned.

Shelves, single and double drawers, modules with flap doors, comfortable and also available in versions opening from the top down, and magazine racks, can all be mounted at different heights thanks to ad hoc holes in the uprights.

From now on, aline will be equipped with Caimi sound absorbent panels, which use Snowsound technology to achieve selective absorption at different frequencies and thus optimise the acoustical environment even though the panels are vey thin.
Snowsound panels are available in two sizes, 160 and 120 cm, and two widths, 60 and 90 cm, and thanks to their easy-to-use hooking system they can also be fitted to aline systems purchased previously.
The sound absorbent panels make aline the ideal solution to organise work areas, creating spaces that are sheltered visually and acoustically, as well as providing practical panels where to organise job-related information.

Another new feature is a system of magnetic bookends that come in kits of 2 bookends for 90 cm shelves and 3 bookends for 120 cm shelves. The kits are mounted inside the shelves and remain completely unseen, leaving the clean lines of the structure unaltered.

Made from extruded stove-enamelled aluminium in neutral shades of white, graphite grey or textured metallic grey, aline leaves the books the task to organise space, and thanks to its simple, straightforward design is a veritable architectural element that is able to organise space.

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SALONE 2016: tavolo zero

The refined touch of Ron Gilad enters the Alias collection, for which the Israeli designer has developed the theme of the basic four leg table.
His talent for conceptual synthesis, coupled with an ironic spirit, materializes in a collection of pared-down, abstract geometric shapes, in which the table corner – interpreted as a structural element – is magically emptied and almost stripped of its consistency, giving way to an enigmatic shape, an empty space outlined by colour.

The materials used for the structure/frame are aluminium die-cast and extrusion, with an ingenious concealed system which makes it possible to work with minimum thicknesses, while guaranteeing a result of extreme formal purity and great stability.

A collection of tables and side tables presented in four heights supporting square and rectangular tops in different sizes: the 110 cm high table supports a top measuring 40x40; the height of 73 cm, ideal for the living area, may be supplied with square tops (cm 40x40, 80x80, 120x120 and 140x140) or rectangular tops available in two depth (cm 80 and 100) and three length (cm 160, 180 and 200).
the desk with top size 140x70 cm which can support the Kelvin lamp by Flos, is suitable for the home-office. Tavolo zero system is completed by side tables cm 43 high available with rectangular top with depth 50 cm in three different length (cm 160, 180 and 200) and height 24 cm with square top (cm 40x40, 80x80, 120x120)

The tops are available in various materials: acrylic stone coral red, white, black, sand and graphite grey, or extra clear glass; they coordinate perfectly with the structure composed by a aluminium frame varnished in a choice of colours or polished, and four legs in stove enamelled aluminium or polished or natural oak veneered. The void corner element is varnished to accentuate its magical absence.

Tavolo zero represents the natural completion of the Alias table catalogue, positioned as it is on the border between abstraction and functionality.

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SALONE 2016: gran kobi

The gran kobi collection evolves naturally with the introduction of a wider base to allow for new uses.
Gran kobi is a generously proportioned, low-slung armchair.
A most versatile seat, perfect for a relaxing break.
Ideal for use in domestic lounges and public waiting rooms, or even in informal office contexts, gran kobi is conducive to a relaxed attitude and guarantees maximum comfort.
As the entire collection, also the shell of gran kobi is a sort of rigorous and enveloping basket, created by woven soldered round steel wire. The support belt, made from die-cast aluminium embraces the seat elegantly, totally enveloping the form. The structure consists of varnished aluminium support and legs and shell in the same color, available in different colors.
A set of cushions completes the armchair: shaped to adhere perfectly to the shell and create a visual whole with the structure, they are upholstered in fabric to afford an extremely comfortable seating experience and the freedom of movement necessary to assume different positions.

Gran Kobi completes the Alias range of upholstered products designed for domestic interiors and waiting rooms, also thanks to a pouf/bench endowed with a twofold function: to act as an element of comfort or a support for technological devices such as computers and tablets.

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SALONE 2016: twelve

Taking a new look at the domestic sofa from the Alias viewpoint.
An authentic system consisting of an armchair, a two or three seat sofa and corner elements – as real chaise longue-,which may be combined in countless different configurations.
The British duo Pearson Lloyd presents twelve, a system of upholstered elements whose generous proportions assure superior comfort and provide an ideal solution for residential interiors.

Suspended. The slender leg in die-cast aluminium varnished in various colours is the distinctive element of each piece of the twelve collection. These legs support a steel frame which in its turn sustains a wood panel housing the cushions of the seat, backrest and armrests. The resulting product is a system of upholstered elements whose aesthetic impact is extremely pared-down and essential.

Comfort is assured by well - designed cushions, soft yet firmly shaped, made from differentiated density polyurethane foam and covered with Kvadrat® fabric or Pelle Frau® Color System leather, available in a wide range of colours.

Alias suggests various possible ways of coordinating frame finishes and upholstery, with contemporary solutions that further enhance this design project.

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SALONE 2016: saen XS

Following the success of saen, the table with a monolith cement base, the design duo Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have developed a product family which represents the natural fulfilment of this project.
By redesigning the base proportions, a collection of side tables is now being presented which exploits this same base, thanks to a system of joints in different heights, to create a vast product family ideally suited to accessorizing sofas and armchairs in lounge contexts.

As for the table saen , also the side tables are characterized by an important base which in a fluid, continuous and soft design sees this table turned into a slender, willowy stem, creating a powerful contrast of shapes. It resembles an upturned chalice; by moving the content and weight onto the ground is solved the need for structural ballast where tops of different forms and materials are fixed.
The base of saen is made of concrete, an original material with a strong dose of speciality. It is easy to mould, has a plain texture and is sufficiently heavy. It is resistant even with its thin sections and it has soft, tactile surface finish. Concrete symbolises modern architecture and it transpires as a fantastic yet unexpected material which lends itself to experimentation in shape and colour. The innovation in the technological solution adopted for the base mould also allows to obtain an ultra-clean surface which leaves no trace of any joins.
The saen xs table base, available in three different heights (cm 50, 63 e 73), in the colours of white, grey and black, supports round Ø50, Ø60, Ø70, Ø80, Ø90 cm tops in full colour white, black, coral red and anthracite.

A collection which combines the elegance of the design to the refinement of the materials.

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SALONE 2016: TT soft

A new development for the TT upholstered seating system by Alfredo Häberli. The Argentine designer, a recurrent name in various Alias collections, has designed a new variant characterized by a more slender leg design available in various metal varnished colours.

A solid shell covered with flexible density polyurethane foam gives a soft, compact seat.
Everything has been designed in such a way that the upholstery covers, as well as being completely removable, may also be supplied in the bicoloured variant, thanks to a zip fastening system on the edge which allows for the combination of different Kvadrat® fabrics or Pelle Frau® Color System leathers.

The TT SOFT system includes single, 2-seater and 3-seater sofas without back, or with high or low back, all characterized by an essential shape and harmonic proportion. While instantly suited to contract furnishings, these products (small sofas, armchairs, and padded benches and stools) are also perfect for contemporary domestic interiors where functions are often combined and transformed.

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SALONE 2016: new frame soft

Following their presentation at the 2015 edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the rollingframe+ TILT and meetingframe+ TILT seating in the SOFT version and the debut of the new black chrome-plated frame finish at IMM Cologne 2016, the frame family continues to grow with the introduction of SOFT cushioning, also on the frame XL, longframe, armframe and feetframe models.
The new family of chairs is aimed at an increasingly demanding target which seeks highly sophisticated aesthetics, as well as the contract market which increasingly calls for managerial seating solutions and lounge areas where products with a reach essence but comfortable are required.
Frame soft answers the needs of these situations whilst maintaining its unmistakeably clean lines.
The new shaped cushion is made of soft leather Pelle Frau® Color System or in Kvadrat® fabric .
Generous and outstandingly comfortable, the cushions are assembled straight onto the chairs which are entirely covered with leather or fabric.
It is a further ergonomic improvement which enriches the range available in this iconic collection of contemporary design.
The structures are available in the new black chrome version, which keeps the same technical requirements of the standard chrome version and garantees an elegant and sophisticated look of the frame soft collection.

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SALONE 2016: green new finishes

Green, the time-consolidated outdoor collection designed by Giandomenico Belotti, has been further extended to include two new tops in Dekton® by Cosentino.

The ultra-compact Dekton® surface finish is endowed with superior technical characteristics: resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock, as well as an extremely low water absorption capacity. An ideal product that completes the range of green outdoor tables.
The new tops are available in the colours of White and Grey, two pure and homogenous shades, authentic and essential at the same time.
What characterizes these tables is that they are hardwearing, practical and capable of defining open-air spaces.
The brushed stainless steel frames trace the structural lines of the tables, available in various sizes.
Great personality can be given to furnishing configurations by adding elements such as chairs, armchairs, stools and comfortable chaises longues, presented with seat and backrest of PVC coated polyester mesh or in woven PVC rod.

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SALONE 2016: spaghetti new colors

A symbol in the history of design, spaghetti is the first Alias chair to appear in the MoMA collection of New York. The structure is in stove enamelled or chromed steel, the seat and back in the distinctive woven PVC, subtle in the transparent version and more striking in the various coloured versions.

Spaghetti chair is an excellent example of material and formal simplicity that multiplies, in its many variants, the opportunities for use. Available in numerous types, with and without arms, or stacking, it is ideal for reception settings, trendy spots or for those who love a sober and informal style.

This collection stands as a coherent set of chairs, armchairs and stools, now enhanced by newly released finishes: hence the original colours give way to more natural and organic shades, such as coral, beige and light blue, applied both to the frame and PVC rod.

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IMM 2016: new frame soft

From now on, rollingframe+ low rollingframe+ and meetingframe+ chairs with the oscillating TILT mechanism are also available with the SOFT version.
The new family of chairs is aimed at an increasingly demanding target which seeks highly sophisticated aesthetics, as well as the contract market which increasingly calls for managerial seating solutions.
Frame soft answers the needs of these situations whilst maintaining its unmistakeably clean lines.
The new shaped cushion is made of soft leather or in Kvadrat® fabric and is divided into four parts: two on the seat and two on the backrest.
Generous and outstandingly comfortable, the cushions are assembled straight onto the chairs which are entirely covered with leather.
It is a further ergonomic improvement which enriches the range available in this iconic collection of contemporary design.
The structure is available in the new black chrome version, which keeps the same technical requirements of the standard chrome version and garantees an elegant and sophisticated look of the frame soft collection.

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IMM 2016: kayak faggio

Wood is the common denominator behind kayak, the collection of chairs developed using traditional technologies with a truly elegant design. It is a complex design in technical terms; it offers a welcoming seat, very pleasant to the eye and equally stable. This stability is guaranteed in spite of the extremely thin sections of the curved seat and the elements of the structure itself.
The challenge of the French designer has been to minimize the thickness of the chair without compromising physical endurance.
So the legs, the structure and the shell are assembled to return a very light immage in terms of formal aspects.

Kayak has now become even more comfortable, thanks to the introduction of the soft version which heightens its comfort.
The new cushion made of expanded polyurethane is covered with cutting-edge Kvadrat® fabrics.
This expansion of the kayak collection further enhances the product, both in terms of aesthetics and comfort, making it even better suitable for domestic and contract uses. It is in keeping with developing tastes of contemporary users who have a keen eye for design, but are increasingly unwilling to forego comfort in the name of formal precision.

Structure and backrest are available in natural oak, or oak dyed in a dark or walnut colour, The finish range is now completed thanks to the new natural beech wood finish as well as a number of open-pore colour ways that interpret the range of more intense hues such as coral red or sage green, as well as the pastel shades.

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IMM 2016: twig total black

With its masterful combination of different materials and production techniques, wood, plastic and aluminium, Nendo has put his signature to the twig chair project for Alias.

The concept of twig is a seat with an aluminium base of generous proportions and legs that slant at a pleasing and dynamic angle. These aluminium tubes change material and become wood, in an organic connection with the armrests, also made of wood.
The collection consists of four versions; four chairs, each of which is made up of different elements (solid ash processed with a numerical control procedure, or plastic material) which are then paired with the base made of aluminium.
Four unique and contemporary chairs, each with its own identity yet worked seamlessly into the collection.

The most striking in terms of shape is the twig 4, where the design of the backrest is interrupted in a clean and graphic manner, like much of the Japanese designer’s work; the result is a piece of design which is both iconic yet bewildering.

Twig 3 recalls the elegant movement of the armrests but with greater comfort.

With its more traditional shape, twig 1 is also available in the twig comfort version with a more generous backrest. It finds an elegant overhanging armrest terminal. The result is contemporary yet refined.

The twig collection takes its place in the Alias catalogue in a coherent and natural way, creating a pleasant blend between the sensitivity of the Japanese designer Nendo and the technological interpretation Alias makes his designs of.

Twig is available with a polished, anodised or white painted structure; with backrests in natural ash wood and the seat either in ash or covered in Kvadrat® fabrics or in plastic material. The twig comfort also comes with backrest and seat made entirely of a plastic material.

Stylish and contemporary the new proposal with ash elements painted gray.

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IMM 2016: saen total black

Gabriele and Oscar Buratti portray for Alias the table type with central leg, combining the elegance of the design with sophisticated materials.
The result is saen, a table with an imposing base. Its fluid, continuous and soft design sees this table turned into a slender, willowy stem, creating a powerful contrast of shapes. It resembles an upturned chalice; by moving the content and weight onto the ground, which solves the need for structural ballast and tops of different forms and materials con be used on the base.
The base of saen is made of concrete, an original material with a strong dose of speciality. It is easy to mould, has a plain texture and is sufficiently heavy. It is resistant even with its thin sections and it has soft, tactile surface finish. Concrete symbolises modern architecture and it transpires as a fantastic yet unexpected material which lends itself to experimentation in shape and colour. The innovation in the technological solution adopted for the base mould also allows to obtain an ultra-clean surface which leaves no trace of any joins.
Designed as a dining table for home as well as for contract premises such as offices and trend-setting restaurants, saen is offered with a round Ø140 cm top, or a square top with rounded corners measuring 140x140 cm, in natural oak, white bevelled glass and concrete.
The concrete base available in 2 colours, white and a warm, light grey can be delivered from now on in black color combinable with the matching black concrete top or black bevelled glass.

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Salone 2015: twig

twig, design by Nendo

With its masterful combination of different materials and production techniques, wood, plastic and aluminium, Nendo has put his signature to the twig chair project for Alias.

The concept of twig is a seat with an aluminium base of generous proportions and legs that slant at a pleasing and dynamic angle. These aluminium tubes change material and become wood, in an organic connection with the armrests, also made of wood.
The collection sees five versions; five chairs, each of which is made up of different elements (solid ash processed with a numerical control procedure, or plastic material) which are then paired with the base made of aluminium.
Five unique and contemporary chairs, each with its own identity yet worked seamlessly into the collection.

The most striking in terms of shape is the twig 4, where the design of the backrest is interrupted in a clean and graphic manner, like much of the Japanese designer’s work; the result is a piece of design which is both iconic yet bewildering.

Twig 3 recalls the elegant movement of the armrests but with greater comfort; an even higher level is afforded by the twig 3 comfort version thanks to its higher backrest.

With its more traditional shape, twig 1 is also available in the twig 1 comfort version with a more generous backrest. It finds an elegant overhanging armrest terminal and combines the look of the curved wood seats from the beginning of the century with the technical nature of aluminium. The result is contemporary yet refined.

The twig collection takes its place in the Alias catalogue in a coherent and natural way, creating a pleasant blend between the sensitivity of the Japanese designer Nendo and the technological interpretation Alias makes his designs of.

Twig is available with a polished, anodised or white painted structure; with backrests in natural ash wood and the seat either in ash or covered in Kvadrat® fabrics. The twig 4 and twig 3 comfort models also come with armrests and seats made entirely of a plastic material.

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Salone 2015: frame soft

rollingframe+ low TILT soft / meetingframe+ TILT soft
design by Alberto Meda

From now on, rollingframe+ low and meetingframe+ chairs with the oscillating TILT mechanism are seeing the addition of the SOFT version.
The new family of chairs is aimed at an increasingly demanding target which seeks highly sophisticated aesthetics, as well as the contract market which increasingly calls for managerial seating solutions.
Frame soft answers the needs of these situations whilst maintaining its unmistakeably clean lines.
The new shaped cushion is made of soft leather or in Kvadrat® fabric and is divided into three parts: one on the seat and two on the backrest.
Generous and outstandingly comfortable, the cushions are assembled straight onto the chairs which are entirely covered with leather.
The soft variation is available in the low versions of rollingframe+ and meetingframe+ to underline the armchair inspiration of this product.
It is a further ergonomic improvement which enriches the range available in this iconic collection of contemporary design.

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Salone 2015: eleven high back

eleven high back, design by PearsonLloyd

The eleven sofa collection designed by British duo PearsonLloyd is seeing an extension thanks to a new version which naturally completes the collection. The new high back is available on the two or three-seater sofas and it features side and rear panels fixed to the aluminium legs to create a protected area for privacy, ideal for working areas.
Flexible and striking, the panels are covered with Kvadrat® or Camira fabric in the same colour as the upholstered elements; practical snapper buttons make it possible to secure the backrest and armrest cushions to the panels.
The slim leg made of die-cast aluminium painted in various colours remains the defining feature of the two or three-seater sofas of the eleven high back collection.

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Salone 2015: kobi rocking

kobi rocking, design by Patrick Norguet

An extension of Patrick Norguet’s kobi collection sees the introduction of a new rocking base. Kobi rocking is ideal for relaxing; like the entire collection, it features an enveloping yet precise shell, created using interwoven welded steel rods and the support made of die-cast aluminium which embraces the seat with elegance, enfolding the form completely.
The legs, made of aluminium in the same shade as the shell, are secured to the slides. The two curved solid natural oak elements allow the chair to oscillate.
The cushions, in leather or fabric, are available in the seat-only, seat and backrest and whole shell versions; they are conceived to adhere to the shell seamlessly and to blend in with the structure.

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Salone 2015: Kayak soft

kayak soft, design by Patrick Norguet

Wood is the common denominator behind kayak, the collection of chairs developed using traditional technologies with a truly elegant design. It is a complex design in technical terms; it offers a welcoming seat, very pleasant to the eye and equally stable. This stability is guaranteed in spite of the extremely thin sections of the curved seat and the elements of the structure itself.
Kayak has now become even more comfortable, thanks to the introduction of the soft version which heightens its comfort.
The new cushion made of expanded polyurethane is covered with cutting-edge Kvadrat® fabrics.
Structure and backrest are available in natural oak, or oak dyed in a dark or walnut colour, as well as in a number of open-pore colour ways that interpret the range of more intense hues such as coral red or sage green, as well as the pastel shades. The finish range is now extended thanks to the new beech wood finish.

This expansion of the kayak collection further enhances the product, both in terms of aesthetics and comfort, making it even better suitable for domestic and contract uses. It is in keeping with developing tastes of contemporary users who have a keen eye for design, but are increasingly unwilling to forego comfort in the name of formal precision.

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Salone 2015: tabu backrest

tabu backrest, design by Eugeni Quitllet

The tabu collection designed by Eugeni Quitllet is available in a number of variations. It sees the combination of different elements in solid ash wood, all produced using a numeric control system and subsequently joined to one another.
The version with a methacrylate backrest is innovative and unique in its kind in the wood seating market.
The result finds two different materials, wood – which represents nature – and transparent polymer, which interprets technological research, both brought together to breathe life into a metaphysical object. It provides the highest expression of Quillet’s approach in designing objects with refined surfaces and different materials that interlock with one another.

The tabu plastic full backrest is now available with its new larger backrest in transparent methacrylate or in wood.
The tabu collection is entirely FSC® certified; each product is made using wood from forests that are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner, keeping in with strict environmental, social and economic standards.
Tabu is available in natural ash, in dark or walnut-dyed oak, as well as in the more up-to-date open-pore lacquer available in 12 cutting-edge colours.

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