Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti 'Confidential' Sofa
Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti, 'Confidential' sofa, in iridescent scale pattern upholstery, Italy, design 1972
Two-seat sofa designed by Italian architect Alberto Rosselli in 1972 for Saporiti Italia. The shiny white upholstery shows a scale-like pattern with silver and gold tread highlighting the scales. This iconic sofa is one of the first modular sofas for the home. The elements are brought together by the puzzle-like cushions that gracefully fall into place.
Alberto Rosselli (1921-1976) was born in Palermo, capital of the island of Sicily in Italy. After he graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1947, he stayed and worked in Milan. In 1950, Rosselli, Gio Ponti, and Antonio Fornaroli formed the architecture/design firm Studio Ponti Fornaroli Rosselli (P.F.R) where he worked on his first architectural project ‘Pirelli Tower’ in 1954. During the same year, with the help of Ponti, he founded and directed his own journal titled ‘Stile Industria’, which focused on improving the relationship between design and industry in Italy. The issues incorporated topics that touched on different disciplines, such as design, architecture, and arts, which made significant contributions to the design discourse until its last publication in 1963. He became an acknowledged pioneer of industrial design, co-founding the Association for Industrial Design (ADI) in 1956, and between 1961 and 1963, working as a vice-president for the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Here, he pursued a career in the academic field where he developed new teaching that embodied sophisticated methodological principles. He introduced the concept and process of “decision-making” in design to the faculty of architecture in the University of Milan. Rosselli passed away in 1976, who left his mark as an architect, designer, and university lecture, a man known for his theoretical approach to industrial design.
Please note that the item contains some threadbare upholstery. For further details, we encourage you to reach out to our team of design specialists.
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