Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2022
- Table top: base material MDF (medium-density fibreboard) in real oak veneer or textured powder-coated finish; table thickness 25 mm with 15° bevelled edge.
- Base: non-swivel four-star base in die-cast aluminium, powder-coated finish, pedestal in steel, powder-coated finish.
- Glides: plastic glides for soft floors or felt glides for hard floors.
Taking its name from the shell of a sea snail, Abalon forms its own architecture for seating circles: with its organically curved shape, the sofa evokes a circle to which people feel drawn. The expansive backrest has two functions: it shields sitters who are engaged in a private conversation and offers a sense of protection to those seeking retreat within an open environment. Abalon is unusual in appearance: solid yet light, massive yet graceful. It functions as a striking solo piece and when several sofas are used together, the concave and convex surfaces create a state of compelling tension, neither attracting nor repelling one other. The upholstered seat shell of the Abalon Sofa generously accommodates three people, while the curved shape creates a common focal point. The front and back of the seat shells are covered separately with different knitted fabrics, which can be chosen in various combinations. Together with the two available colours of the boldly defined base, this opens up a wide range of configuration options. The fabric covers of the sofa can be removed in full for cleaning or replacement, which further enhances its durability. The Abalon Sofa can be complemented with Abalon Platform and Abalon Table. Abalon Platform is a round stool that can be used as a flexible seat as well as a footrest. The carefully proportioned, widely splayed legs of the base not only ensure a high degree of stability, but also clearly identify the stool as a member of the Abalon family. The Abalon Table is a circular coffee table, whose tops come in a choice of finishes.
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.