Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2006


The 'room in a room' is a concept that Vitra has intensively pursued over many years in collaboration with the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The idea of mobile micro-architectural elements has led to a wide variety of designs, among which the Alcove Sofa stands out as one of the most remarkable.

The various Alcove sofas were conceived for open-plan offices, where they provide sheltered, private spaces in busy or hectic surroundings. This makes them a perfect place to withdraw for concentrated work or small meetings.

The different models in the Alcove family can be variably combined, thus offering a diverse range of possibilities for organising open-plan offices without having to install fixed structures. This enables the creation of cohesive central areas in open office environments – Meet & Retreat zones with a unified aesthetic.

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Various heights

The models in the Alcove sofa family with a tubular steel frame and 17 cm floor clearance come in three heights: Lowback (94 cm), Highback (136 cm) and Xtra High (187 cm).

Alcove Plume Contract, which has no tubular steel frame and a low floor clearance, comes in two heights: Lowback (85 cm) and Highback (123 cm).

Alcove Sofa
Alcove Plume Contract

Types of upholstery

The soft 'Lounge' upholstery offers a relaxing place to sit, enhanced by arm cushions and small back pillows for even greater comfort (seat height 485 mm, 325 mm with applied load).

'Work' upholstery is firmer, providing sufficient support for working in a comfortable upright posture (seat height 480 mm, 385 mm with applied load).

Alcove Lounge upholstery
Alcove Work upholstery
Laser (35)Other colours
  •  17 ice blue/ivory
    17 ice blue/ivory
  •  13 stonegrey
    13 stonegrey
  •  23 yellow/pastel green
    23 yellow/pastel green
  •  25 light grey/pastel green
    25 light grey/pastel green
  •  55 grass-green
    55 grass-green
  •  09 green
    09 green
  •  26 mint/pastel green
    26 mint/pastel green
  •  27 mint/forest
    27 mint/forest
Credo (12)Other colours
  •  11 cream/dolphin
    11 cream/dolphin
  •  13 salt'n pepper
    13 salt'n pepper
  •  14 sand/avocado
    14 sand/avocado
  •  06 anthracite/elephant
    06 anthracite/elephant
  •  07 black/anthracite
    07 black/anthracite
  •  08 dark blue/ black
    08 dark blue/ black
  •  05 chocolate/black
    05 chocolate/black
  •  17 black/aubergine
    17 black/aubergine
Table top (3)
  •  52 soft light powder-coated (textured)
    52 soft light powder-coated (textured)
  •  17 light oak
    17 light oak
  •  04 dark oak
    04 dark oak
Leather (shelf Highback Work) (7)
  •  72 snow
    72 snow
  •  67 asphalt
    67 asphalt
  •  66 nero
    66 nero
  •  68 chocolate
    68 chocolate
  •  69 marron
    69 marron
  •  70 red
    70 red
  •  71 sand
    71 sand
Base (1)
  •  01 chrome
    01 chrome
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).
Products of the family
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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