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Alcove Highback System

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2009

Alcove Highback System elements can be combined to form individual configurations of a great range of shapes and sizes. The modular system is made up of three different elements: corner sections, middle sections and side sections (right and left). These allow the formation of sofa clusters that are perfectly tailored to the needs of each setting – whether it is an office, lobby, reception or waiting area.
Material description
  • Upholstery: Alcove Sofas come in two different upholstery versions, soft 'lounge upholstery' for relaxed sitting and firmer 'work upholstery' for work-oriented sitting with various seat heights. Lounge upholstery = 485 mm (measured according to EN 1335-1 = 325 mm), work upholstery = 480 mm (measured according to EN 1335-1 = 385 mm).
  • Structural frame: tubular steel, chrome-plated or powder-coated (smooth), metal frame with upholstery webbing.
  • Body: high back and side panels form a visual and acoustic shield, integrated MDF panels for structural support, panel sections connected with zip fasteners.
  • Upholstery/seat: polyurethane foam and polyester fibre. Lounge upholstery for relaxed sitting, 485 mm (measured according to EN 1335-1 = 325 mm).
  • Back cushions and cushion set: polyurethane chips and microfibre filling. The cushion set is sold separately.
  • Covers: removable.
  • Legs: tubular steel, chrome-plated or powder-coated (smooth), levelling adjustment.
Product family
A sofa can go beyond being a mere piece of furniture to become a room within a room. This was the idea that inspired Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in their design of the Alcove Sofa. With its comfortable seat and backrest upholstery and the high, flexible side and back panels, the Alcove Sofa creates a sheltered niche of privacy, a place of retreat. The Alcove family features a variety of different sofa models for use in home interiors as well as office environments.
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This product was designed by
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec live and work in Paris. Their oeuvre ranges from small everyday objects to architectural projects. They have worked with Vitra since 2000 and have contributed numerous designs to both the office and home collections.
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