Patricia Urquiola’s Bohemian Collection for Moroso

As you scan the virtual world for novel designs, or the latest eye-catching innovations, don’t you get the occasional feeling that certain designers are everywhere. Karim Rashid, for instance, seems to emerge like some species of viscous liquid from the contours of every serpentine and asynchronously. Ron Arad hides beneath the poofy pillows and gigantic upholstery of every King-sized easy chair.

Bohemian Sofa. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.

Patricia Urquiola, on the other hand, materializes as a protean wraith—one moment in the person of the tech-savvy Digitable Table, the next in the guise of the whimsical and retro Rift Collection, and presently as Moroso’s line of elegant new offerings: the sofa, bergère, chaise lounge, armchair and pouf known as the Bohemian Collection. Urquiola’s latest contribution revives a classical style: each piece is a contemporary incarnation of “capitonné”—the traditional upholstery technique “characterized by the use of large buttons and tidily organized wrinkles that create an elegant patterned surface.” The pieces thus bear a notable resemblance to the exterior surface of everybody’s favorite, the Eames’ Lounge Chair, though Urquiola’s take on the technique reveals a more Baroque sensibility. Or as Moroso puts it, “the pieces have very fluid forms, almost as if they were melting over their frame, creating soft, irregular, enveloping, almost casual lines… covered with various kinds of cushions, fabric layers which alternate technical textiles, and faux fur, the pieces form a luxury product with a nomadic, global spirit.”


Bohemian Armchair. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.


Bohemian Sofa and Armchair. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.


Bohemian Armchair. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.


Bohemian Sofa. Designed by Patricia Urqiola for Moroso.

As Moroso rightly points out, each piece has a distinctive personality—the soft lines of the removable upholstery (they’re affixed to the frames with press studs) create the impression that sofa, chaise, et, al. are “wearing” different outfits. The aesthetic is especially apropos given Urquiola’s conception of a worldly/culturally diverse aspect. If you tire of a certain look (the sofa in black leather, for instance, which feels very Romanian to me), simply swap it out for a faux fur or one of the patchwork fabrics inspired by Mongolian rugs, and the piece (as well as your state of mind) instantly transforms. This integral changeability creates enormous freedom to play with different colors, textures, and forms, all at the simple snap of button. Who other than Urquiola to animate this global concept? With the Bohemian Collection, the prolific designer has given us the tools to travel from the frigid peaks of Transylvania to the wind-swept steppes of Tibet, all in the comfort of your very own living room.

Via Otto

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