Inspired in the character and style of the twentieth Century molded plywood furniture pieces.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Avante is a three-seater sofa designed with symmetry and proportion, using basic geometrical forms. The backrest and seat feature curved plywood shells with cushions upholstered in cotton, mounted on a solid wood frame-base with four legs.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
As a freestanding seating option, Avante is suitable for a lounge area. It intends to provide comfort, style and connection between people, through a combination of basic geometrical shapes and natural materials. The seat and backrest offer comfort and support, allowing people to adopt a proper sitting posture.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Started in 2012 as a special design for a private costumer, the first version of the Avante featured a thicker solid ash wood frame and a lower backrest. This old version was produced and sold in 2012 and today it stands in an apartment in Mexico City.
With the aim to participate in the A' Design Award and Competition 2017, the development of the new version of the Avante, began in January of 2016 and concluded in January 2107.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Frame construction: Solid Walnut holders, base-frame and feet are glued, screwed and reinforced at all structural areas
Seat and backrest: Walnut veneered curved plywood shells
Upholstery: High-density foam core wrapped with fiberfill, covered with cotton fabric
Finishing: Hand rubbed oil finish
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width: 1800 mm
Depth: 800 mm
Height: 820 mm
Seat height: 420 mm
Back height: 690 mm
Net seat depth: 530 mm
Leg height: 270 mm
modern sofa, plywood furniture, lounge sofa, wooden furniture, bench, modern furniture
The goal of the project is to offer a freestanding three-seater sofa in the manor of the iconic molded plywood furniture pieces of the twentieth Century. This has been done by examining designs such as the Eames Lounge Chair of Charles and Ray Eames, the Plywood Dining Chairs of Duba Mobelindustri and the Curved Sofa of Martin Stoll. Upon examination of these pieces, it becomes clear that the designers where deeply interested in developing and mastering the manufacturing technique of molded plywood, due to its functional and appealing characteristics; which are suitable to a wide range of applications.
Major aspects like manufacturability, aesthetics and ergonomic principles were carefully considered the development of the product with the aim to present a good design.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Valeriano Villegas Goyos
Image #1: Creator Valeriano Villegas, Main image, 2016.
Image #2: Creator Valeriano Villegas, Front image, 2016.
Image #3: Creator Valeriano Villegas, Back image, 2016.
Image #4: Creator Valeriano Villegas, Back perspective image, 2016.
Image #5: Creator Valeriano Villegas, Context, 2016.