Our July/August 2014 issue features the sofa and armchair collection by British design studio Barber Osgerby for iconic American furniture maker Knoll. The collaboration began when Benjamin Pardo, Design Director at Knoll, approached Barber Osgerby with a brief to create a sofa that was comfortable, could be used in many different configurations, could feel appropriate in a variety of settings—residential, commercial, hospitality—and that hit a specific price point.
The upholstered line consists of elements that can be configured in an assortment of different ways thanks to an innovative foot system. "It’s really a modular landscape," Edward Barber says. "The idea is that this foot can go between each panel and, in theory, you can [extend the piece] forever. You can have a twenty-seater or an L-shaped thing. You can have it in an airport lounge, or you can have it in your home as a chair, to a two-seater, to a four-seater. It’s the ultimate flexible sofa."