OSAKA
DESIGN: PIERRE PAULIN

In Pierre Paulin's exemplary and unique production, the OSAKA seat is certainly the result of a quest for simplicity and elegance. The prototype was developed in 1970 by the "Atelier de Recherche et de Création du Mobilier National" for the French pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan. It was first published in 1991 by "Alpha International", and it is a real honour for a French company like UNIK to offer it worldwide: this goes well beyond the trends of our era...

Designed by Pierre Paulin in 1968, this seat is sold on the basis of a 60 cm module with a transportable length in multiples of 6m. With a minimum inner radius of 90 cm, it can take on any shape or form. Made of three polyurethane foam elements lined with stretch fabric, it rests on a flexible lacquered steel structure.

The bottom of the back foam element has a groove that is opened to allow the element to adapt to the base. The foam element is inserted between the front element by placing the elements smoothly and carefully. It is possible to give the arrangement a totally different look by acting on the metal base structure. This doesn't require help from a specialist. The desired final form is achieved by adjusting the orientation of the bases and by blocking them by means of a stirrup.

Covered with a special stretch fabric, OSAKA allows you to play with colours by separating each foam component and using either similar shades or high-contrast tones.

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