Soriana seating by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina

Dezeen Showroom: Italian furniture brand Cassina has updated Soriana, curvaceous seating originally created in 1969 by postmodern Italian architects and designers Afra and Tobia Scarpa.

Defined by its lack of internal support, Soriana takes its shape from the grip of a metal structure that wraps it.

A photograph of Soriana, a collection of seating
Soriana is a design from 1969

The seating, which is part of Cassina's I Contemporane collection comprises long sofas and short armchairs in a series of colours.

Soriana was originally designed in 1969 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and the seating won the Compasso d'Oro, a prestigious design award in 1970 for its complex design achieved using simple tools.

A photograph of Soriana, a collection of seating in red and white
Soriana has been reissued in an attempt to be more sustainable

Together with Tobia Scarpa, Cassina has reissued Soriana. The seat is made from 100 per cent recycled blown fibre padding made from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recovered from non-profit enterprise Plastic Bank.

The updated design is part of Cassina LAB, a project by Cassina which aims to promote wellbeing and sustainable design.

Product: Soriana seating
Designer: Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Brand: Cassina

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