de Sede is considered the Rolls Royce of the furniture industry, producing sculptural and sophisticated leather furniture that takes a modernist leaning. Established in 1965, the Swiss manufacturer has produced numerous masterpieces over the last fifty years, designing collections defined by élégance radicale.
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These seven de Sede icons are amongst DOMO’s favourites…
DS-600 hails from 1972 and was designed by Swiss and German designers Ueli Berger, Eleonore Peduzzi Riva, Heinz Ulrich and Klaus Vogt. Often referred to as the longest sofa in the world, DS-600 has a distinctive form that can snake and wind through spaces and around corners and rooms, or form circular seating settings. It is composed of leather-upholstered segments that can be zipped together to create conventional and unconventional free-flowing furniture arrangements in a vast array of configurations. And if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, you might have spotted it in the 2012 movie.
Designed by Ubald King, DS-1025 is like a terraced landscape or molten form. It has curving and tapering layers inspired by piles of sand; and like sand, it can be used to create different forms. DS-1025 comprises individual elements that can be arranged to create formations such as a double seat, seating pyramid or small atrium depending on the space and requirements.
The DS-80 daybed is a logical and faithful redesign of de Sede’s celebrated classic from more than 30 years ago. The multifunctional piece has moveable supports that allow it to be used as a bed, recliner or sofa, with or without arms. It has highly crafted and detailed patchwork leather upholstery and a streamlined base that gives it the appearance of levitating.
Hans Eichenberger designed the HE-113 chair, and it speaks to his motto: “I need a chair for sitting, less for marveling…” Although there’s no doubt this is a chair that deserves to be marveled. Eichenberger designed the chair in 1956 and it later became part of de Sede’s collection. The steel tube framework and leather upholstery recalls the pioneering furniture produced by modernist designers in 1920s Europe, such as Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. And like much of the modernist design, its aesthetic is universal and enduring.
Robert Haussmann studied interior design with Bauhaus master Johannes Itten and De Stijl founder Gerrit Rietveld, and his furniture is characterised by balanced proportions, clean lines, elegance and style. Haussmann and his wife Trix work closely together and their designs add elements of ornament to modernist forms as they continuously invent and reinvent.
The Haussmann’s turn to architectural and art history to extract and update historic models, and the RH-306 designed in 1963 is a modern interpretation of the tufted English Chesterfield sofa. However, in contrast to the seventeenth-century classic, RH-306 has delicate polished-chrome legs, low back and armrests and an elongated form.
Haussmann and a group of other Swiss designers formed the SWISS DESIGN association in 1958 and de Sede took over the production and distribution of the group’s furniture collection in 1999.
Many of de Sede’s classic chairs were born in the 1970s, an era of design innovation and experimenting with new furniture forms. DS-51 is one of those timeless classics; produced in 1971, it is still popular today. The swiveling chair, available with and without arms, is sophisticated and elegant with seat and back cushions and side stitching hand sewn using needle and thread.
Due to their exclusive nature and to allow our clients to customise leather type and colour, most de Sede products are only available by forward order, however a selection of De Sede’s collection is on display at DOMO’s seven showrooms across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, or viewable online at www.domo.com.au.