Mariposa Ottoman medium
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2014
The variously sized sofas of the Mariposa family are cosy and inviting, yet with a modern touch. They owe their extraordinary comfort to the pleasantly soft upholstery and an ingenious adjustment mechanism, which makes it possible to individually adapt the side and backrest elements for various sitting or reclining positions. The Mariposa sofas do not openly display their functional features: the slim side and back elements can be continuously and silently adjusted, from an upright position to an outward angle of approximately 30° and back again. The resistance is calibrated in such a way that these elements stay in place when the sitter leans back in a normal fashion, but will adjust to the desired angle when intentional pressure is applied. This flexibility allows individual users to determine the position that is most comfortable for them. Mariposa Sofa offers solutions to diverse requirements with regard to size and room layout: the Mariposa 2-Seater is an ideal choice for small, urban apartments where it offers full comfort despite its compact dimensions. It comes with a single continuous seat cushion – in contrast to the larger 2½-seater and 3-seater versions of Mariposa: fitted with two seat cushions, these sofas invite users to stretch out lengthwise and use the adjustable armrests as a back or neck rest – for instance, as a relaxing place to read or take a nap. An L-shaped version, Mariposa Corner, rounds off the family. Unlike the other models of the Mariposa family, the Mariposa Club Armchair does not have adjustable side panels and backrests. However, despite being more compact in size, it echoes the design of its larger counterparts, offering pleasantly soft upholstery and a high degree of comfort. The range of sofas is complemented by round ottomans in two different sizes. They not only harmonise with the soft contours of the sofas, but also create even more ways to enjoy Mariposa's superb comfort.
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby studied architecture as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture.