Alfa sofa

A simple intuition – a decorative element borrowed from the upholstery tradition – yet realised some ten years before the climate of historical reinterpretations that were going to be brought back again shortly by the occurrences and recurrences of design, able to offer a proper sense of reception to the rigid compositions of volumes within a strongly contemporary system of stuffed elements. In this way, the sofa Alfa (one of the first, well-measured designs by Francesca Zanotta for Emaf Progetti) becomes the omega of a sophisticated, bourgeois and updated taste, which, against a simplification of lines, does not give up the idea of comfort, the promise of wellbeing made by the most traditional of textile surfaces, i.e. deep-buttoned upholstery, showing that peculiar motif of stitching, which here is restricted and almost only evoked in the sitting elements, while the stock of several pillows, of different sizes, to be freely added to the base of the sofa, helps to convey the feeling of a soft and protective ‘shelter’.


Emaf Progetti

Designer (1999)

Emaf was established in 1982 by Aurelio Zanotta. His successors have been developing its activity since 1991. The studio mainly deals with design activities, interior furniture, installations, image and development of the product, graphic and communication for furniture companies. Its products have been internationally...




Established in 1954, Zanotta is a leading exponent of Italian industrial design. Celebrated architects and designers have always been called in to create the products, among them Achille Castiglioni, Joe Colombo, Marco Zanuso, have been commissioned to create pieces and collections and today many of...