2023 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Terra

Entrant Company

Natuzzi SpA

Category

Furniture Design - Seating & Comfort

Client's Name

Natuzzi SpA

Country / Region

Italy

Marcantonio, in his second collaboration with Natuzzi Italia, is challenged with designing a pouf: a smooth piece of upholstery, a statement piece representing the synthesis of the new Natuzzi design philosophy ushered by Second Life and based on the need to reconsider the world of furniture with greater awareness, taking into account the materials, the process, and the context.

The result is Terra (Earth), a project designed to have zero environmental impact, a chamfered form, rounded lines, and a softness evoking the shapes of an olive on the red soil of Puglia. The ends of the seat and the backrest are connected by light straps which create an unanticipated circularity and underlie the entire project.



“The name derives from the fact that it is a pouf inspired by the earth and for the earth”, says Marcantonio. “Terra lies on the floor, simply in contact with the ground, without structures. With its armrests it recalls a hug to our planet and to the right causes to defend it. Terra also because Natuzzi made me experience the heritage of his land, Puglia, from whose simplicity and naturalness this project was born ".



The inner core of the product, without structures and frames, is made of recycled polystyrene, considered one of the most recyclable and circular materials; the upholstery is available in the Water range - the sustainable fabric resulting from the collaboration with the Dutch textile innovation studio BYBORRE - and in the new the eco-fiber collection presented by Natuzzi at Milan Design Week, whose main characters are Gaia and Origami.

Following the Infinito sofa, designed for the company in 2020, Marcantonio once again brings his research into the world of Natuzzi Italia: his constant focus on the relationship between man and nature, which characterizes all of his work, is hereby manifested in a new declension which extends to the various phases in the production of a piece of furniture.

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