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SUPERONDA
Sofa designed by Archizoom Associati

Designed in 1966 by the Florentine Radical group Archizoom, this was the first sofa without a conventional frame. It is composed of two waves made from a polyurethane block cut into two parts with an S-shaped incision, which can be interlocked and stacked to produce different configurations. The lightness and modular design permit a range of various uses: Superonda can be a sofa, a bed or a chaise longue. Like many of the pieces designed by the Archizoom group, it challenges bourgeois conventions, stimulating the creativity and fantasy of the user. The shiny leatherette cover in the basic colors of white, black and red accentuates the pop image.

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year
1967

typology
sofa

dimension
240 x 100 x 38[h] cm

materials
cut from a block of polyurethane and covered in shiny leatherette

colours
white, red or black

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1966 Prototype Exhibited In Superarchitettura, Pistoia, Italy 1967 First Presented at the 7th Salone del Mobile, Milan 1972 Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2003 1945—2000 Il Design In Italia: 100 Oggetti della Collezione Permanente del Design Italiano, Triennale di Milano, Milan / La Fabbrica Bella, Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Rio de Janeiro / Altman Building, New York 2005 Italian Beauty 100 Esemplari Al Top, Stadio, Florence 2006 50+2y Italian Design—Namoc, National Art Museum of China, Beijing 2007 Superarchitettura, Archizoom e Superstudio, Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan / Speed: A Arte De La Velocidade Casa Fiat De Cultura, Belo Horizonte / Archizoom Associati 1966—1974, École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, Lausanne, France 2009 Italian Genius Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi / White House, Singapore / Korean Design Centre, Seoul / Italian Cultural Institute, Tokyo / Xue—Xue Centre, Taipei / Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi / MACRO, Rome 2008 Design Parade, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France / Milano—Torino 1958—1968, Moderne Museet, Stockholm 2010 Biennale Internazionale del Design, Palazzo dei Capitani, Ascoli, Italy 2011 Le Fabbriche dei Sogni, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan 2012 Italian Genius Now, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brasil 2013 Radical Mind—Radical—Design, Fondazione Centro Arti Visive, Pietrasanta, Italy 2014 A Misura di Libro, Ente Cassa Risparmio, Museo Marino Marini, Florence / Festival Cortona On The Move, IV Edition, Cortona, Italy / Andrea Branzi, pleased to meet you… 50 years of creation, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux / Heretical Design, MARCA, Catanzaro, Italy 2015 — Internazionali Tennis BNL, Foro Italico, Rome / Creativa Produzione—La Toscana e il design Italiano 1950-1990, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, Italy / Festival Cortona On The Move, V Edition, Cortona, Italy / Hungry Eyes, Area 35, Milan 2017 Waiting for the sun, Galleria SpazioA, Pistoia