Recently featured in Portrait Home Magazine Seattle in January 2021
Ribes is the new modular seating system designed by Antonio Citterio with a focus on versatility, customization, color, and research on materials. Sofas, central and end elements, chaise lounge, and ottomans all come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes that lend themselves to being arranged in an outdoor space according to personal taste thanks to the exceptional versatility of the modular components and the availability of a vast range of covers and finishes. The starting point is a futon base with flexible glass fiber slats resting on an aluminum frame to which two types of armrest or backrest can be attached as desired: one with a polypropylene fiber interlacing, the other with a roller cushion. On top are seat cushions intended as comfortable mattresses to stretch out on and several shapes of back and armrest cushion, all containing a new upholstery giving Ribes a particularly lived-in and soft look. Colour comes into play in the painted frames in shades of anthracite, sage, and clay. These same tones are then picked up in the back and arm supports combining the color sage and clay with a natural-colored interlacing and anthracite to one in a matching shade, and the same for the brackets of the roller sections.
The textile choice is also extensive and colorful with designs that have been inspired by traditional fabrics collected during numerous trips to South America, reinterpreted and redesigned using very clear color schemes that still leave a wide choice of different combinations allowing maximum customization. The seat, back, and arm cushions can be covered as desired in wide or narrow-striped, dotted or single-color material, all in various shades that coordinate with each other. There is also a choice of profile colors in natural, blue, and red tones. Because it is so versatile, Ribes can also be reconfigured over time by adding new elements as well as altering the functional use of existing ones. By substituting, adding, or varying the position of the back and arm, a sommier can turn into a vis-à-vis sofa, a sofa become an island and a corner seating plan transform into a comfortable bed. Ribes means transformation and is especially suited to those areas that are neither in-nor outside: verandas, shady patios, under a loggia, or on a covered terrace allowing a fluid approach to the open spaces in the home.