I.M.E.S folding sofa

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A project by Luca Disimino, Grazia Patruno, Graziana Saccente, Paola Zigrino
M/I/M Design District
Regione Basilicata, Politecnico di Milano, Studio Attolini


I.M.E.S is inspired by the irregular shape of the “Sassi di Matera”, a prehistoric cave dwellings, which are always different depending on the points of view. The designer team develop the concept of modularity, working on the origami technique. The result is a semi-rigid band, which like an paper folds itself creating new configurations.

The paper prototype  has been replaced by panels of multilayer padded of dacron and finally covered by the fabric module guide, that allows the entire structure to be folded thanks to the double-stitched. The transformation of this semi-rigid strip is simple and intuitive and also allows to the end user to experience its geometry. Despite its bony aspect, the comfort of the seat is not damaged.

Invisible, Mimetic, Equilibrist, Sociable. I.M.E.S is a folding and versatile seat.
It becomes sofa or chaise longue overturning the idea of the interior space and reinterpreting the way to live the object.

I.M.E.S has been realized thanks to the project M/I/M with the aim to revitalize the industrial district of furniture in Basilicata (Italy). M/I/M was a design container: a multidisciplinary network where project and skills meet, a reservoir of ideas, suggestions and practices for renewal.
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