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.


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
Tress (22)Other colours
  •  01 light grey melange
    01 light grey melange
  •  06 ice grey melange
    06 ice grey melange
  •  10 pebble melange
    10 pebble melange
  •  11 blue-grey melange
    11 blue-grey melange
  •  13 teal blue melange
    13 teal blue melange
  •  12 steel blue melange
    12 steel blue melange
  •  19 blue melange
    19 blue melange
  •  18 royal blue melange
    18 royal blue melange
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).
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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