Ghisolfa sofa and chair designed by by Raffaella Mangiarotti for Italian brand IOC Project Partners

Ghisolfa sofa and chair by Raffaella Mangiarotti for IOC Project Partners

Dezeen Showroom: Milan-based designer Raffaella Mangiarotti has created the Ghisolfa sofa and chair collection for Italian office furniture brand IOC Project Partners.

The dramatic high back and sides of the Ghisolfa pieces provide an acoustic cocoon that envelopes the sitter, protecting them from noise and keeping their own conversations private.

A pair of Ghisolfa sofas
The high backs of the chairs form a "protective hug" around the sitter

"I am fascinated by the possibility of creating a piece of furniture with physical and mental comfort. An intimate place to concentrate and relax," said  Mangiarotti.

"I liked the idea of a nest, soft like a big pillow and cosy like a protective hug," she added. "A place that looks and is welcoming. It should have a generous space where the user can always find a comfortable and personal sitting position."

Ghisolfa sofa and chair designed by by Raffaella Mangiarotti for Italian brand IOC Project Partners
Lower versions are available too

Thick quilted material makes for a comfortable seat that doubles as an acoustic baffle. The high back and sides create another layer of privacy and comfort.

"The acoustic textile structure protects the user from external noise and contributes to relaxation," said  Mangiarotti. "But even the tone of the seated voice drops. This acoustic quality changes our perception and sensations for the better, making us feel calmer."

Ghisolfa pieces are also available with lower backs and sides to aide communication during meetings or in breakout areas.

Product: Ghisolfa
Designer: Raffaella Mangiarotti
Brand: IOC Project Partners
Contact: n.mismara@ioc.it

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Ghisolfa sofa and chair designed by by Raffaella Mangiarotti for Italian brand IOC Project Partners
Ghisolfa sofa and chair designed by by Raffaella Mangiarotti for Italian brand IOC Project Partners
Ghisolfa sofa and chair designed by by Raffaella Mangiarotti for Italian brand IOC Project Partners