Newcastle sofas by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

Milan 2013: the covers of these sofas by Italian industrial designer Giulio Iacchetti look like they're made of crumpled paper (+ slideshow).

Newcastle by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

Designed for Italian furniture brand Meritalia, the seats by Iacchetti are wrapped DuraForm - a washable cellulose-based material more commonly used for book covers or jeans labels.

Newcastle by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

Covers can also be ordered in fabric or leather in a selection of earthy shades.

Newcastle by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

Four simple blocky shapes form the single cushion, two armrests and angled backrest, which are supported by black metal feet at each corner.

Newcastle by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

The sofas will be shown in Milan next month, where Zaha Hadid will present twisting auditorium seats and Werner Aisslinger will unveil brightly coloured chairs.

Newcastle by Giulio Iacchetti for Meritalia

Nendo's modular furniture with tall backrests and a swinging sofa designed for the office may also be of interest.

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