MAXX Modular Sofa / Bed / Day-Bed by Despina Souhlas

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
MAXX

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Modular Sofa / Bed / Day-Bed

INSPIRATION:
Transforming multipurpose furniture served as the primary inspiration. We were then inspired by the idea of an automobile headrest to design the movable back rests of the MAXX sofa which allowed us to easily transform it.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
MAXX is a modular sofa that easily converts for multiple uses. The sofa back rests can be relocated on the frame to create a variety of configurations, including a double sided sofa, a deep sofa, a california queen bed, a double chaise and and a single chaise or three separate chaise lounges. A mattress topper and bed linens are concealed under panels beneath the seat cushions. There are built in tables set into the side arms that each include a tall slender vase which is recessed in the frame.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
MAXX easily converts to a deep sofa or a large comfortable bed. It can also be separated into sections to offer chaise seating. Each configuration includes tables recessed in the side arms with a recessed vase on each arm that will hold tall cut flowers without ever tipping.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This was a three month long process that was completed in Chicago.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
MAXX is functional for both indoor and outdoor use so the materials vary. We prefer to use natural materials with low to no VOC products and finishes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The backrests are fitted with posts that fit grometed openings on the center and both outer frames. When the back rests of the sofa are aligned on an outer frame, the lounging area has the same dimensions as a california queen sized bed. A mattress topper and bed linens are stored under panels beneath the cushions.

TAGS:
sofa, chaise, sleeper, day bed

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We studied ergonomics and proportions to maximize the usability and comfort of each configuration.

CHALLENGE:
The technical challenge was being able to easily relocate the back rests and be sure they would stay firmly in place.

ADDED DATE:
2014-03-31 13:25:46

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Despina Souhlas, Nebojsa Stanic

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1, Nebojsa Stanic
Image #2, Nebojsa Stanic
Image #3, Nebojsa Stanic
Image #4, John G. Karris
Image #5, John G. Karris

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
studio ESS

PROFILE:
When considering the beautiful proportions inherent in nature, we recognize the need to better understand these extraordinary geometries and try to implement them in our designs. They inspire us and fuel our attempts to manifest these proportions in hopes of creating beautiful and functional designs. We attempt to address every detail of the design recognizing the relatedness of the smallest to the greatest detail in order to offer a unique and complete space/product. Just as the limitless proportion grows, it is evident the possibilities for good design are also limitless. When discussing our design approach with our clients and how our goals would work synergistically with theirs, it evokes an enthusiasm within our clients that additionally fuels our motivation to design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Maxx Modular Sofa/Bed/Day-bed by Despina Souhlas is a Nominee in Idea Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Maxx Modular Sofa/Bed/Day-bed by Despina Souhlas is Winner in Idea Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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