249 Volage Ex-s
A sectional sofa, characterised by a wide array of elements and a timelessly elegant aesthetic, suitable for any living room space. This sofa features an innovative approach to Cassina’s state-of-the-art capitonné technique, where the traditional button is replaced by a concealed inner fastener. This industrial approach was developed by Philippe Starck and Cassina. The uniform, extra-soft, feel of the back-rest’s upholstery is achieved by using a pre-formed polyurethane insert. The sofa features just the one seat cushion; the arm-rest is particularly wide, and both are feather-filled with an expanded polyurethane core. The precision-perfect edge-stitching, along with the impeccable leatherwork of the integrated side-tables, illustrate the meticulous attention to detail that informs Cassina’s master craftsmanship. The Volage EX-S collection lends itself to myriad compositions, and is now complemented by the new coordinated low tables, and a new module size.
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.” Philippe Starck. Despite his thousands of projects - completed or in the making - his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, never forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all and he resumes it with the humour that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is forced to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”
His anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness - and the usefulness of intelligence - have accompanied one iconic creation after the other… From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, electric cars, and hotels that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design. His technological miracles are vectors of democratic ecology, focused on action and a respect for the future of both humans and nature. Predicting the phenomena of convergence and dematerialisation, Philippe Starck has always devised objects that demand the most from the least. The solutions provided by his dreams are so vital, so essential that he was the first Frenchman to be invited to the legendary TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) conferences, talks that bring together such illustrious speakers as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director...
Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists.