SOLD – Tatlin bollard sofa by Mario Cananzi and Roberto Semprimi, circa 1990


What I like

I like the sculptural gesture of Mario Cananzi and Roberto Semprini, in line with the Memphis spirit.

We see a conch shell, magnified by the white leatherette covering, soar into space and we are quite surprised to find it a comfortable seat! We are dealing with a confidant, an indiscreet, we can see each other, ignore each other, play hide and seek!!

This is a playful but functional sculpture, which fits superbly into any space.

Finally, I like the fact that it is a rare seat, very much rooted in the era of its creation.

This sofa is inspired by the famous Tatlin tower, a symbol of constructivism created by Vladimir Tatlin. This is an exceptional work that the designers themselves describe with words: “It expresses the idea of ​​unity of the people, common cause, aspiration, the idea of ​​movement – development. It is an image of forceful action, material expression and energetic training. It is related to the Tower of Babel by contrasting the symbol of the vanity of mankind’s deeds with its insolence and constructive approaches.” The wooden model of the sofa is in the Center Pompidou in Paris.

Technical description

Tatlin sofa by Mario Cananzi and Roberto Semprini, Edra edition, 1989

This sofa is to be placed in the center of the room, made with a plywood structure for the seat surface and a tubular steel spiral modeled in a mold for the backrest.

The support and the floor support are in tubular steel with a chrome finish.

The padding is in expanded polyurethane with a white leatherette covering.

The flat seat features a snail shell cut in two and supports a removable backrest which rises gradually forming a roll.

This sofa is from the 1990s.

The leatherette has taken on a slightly ivory hue, has some dents and small dirt.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 134 cm – Width: 210 cm – Depth: 175 cm

Seat height: 43 cm

Weight: 50kg

Mix & Match

This sofa is an imposing sculpture, to be placed in the center of a room. Its virginal whiteness calls for colorful works on the walls: why not the Nuit d’Espagne tapestry by Daniel de Linière, whose large colored flat areas will stand up to it?

But we can also subtly make it converse with the work Dynamochromatique- 1969 by Martha Boto, so typical of this kinetic art both intellectual and playful by its beams of color.

In a corner of the room, I would gladly place the large bar cabinet in cork and wenge veneer, which also has an architectural presence.

I would dare to use in the same room the Sling bench by Bruce Hannah and Andrew Morisson for Knoll with its orange fabric and place the Italian coffee table with a cruciform base formed of chrome cylinders, from the 1970s between the two.

In short, I would use a lively palette to match this strange white monument!

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To know more

The designers

Mario Cananzi and Roberto Semprini are a duo from Rimini. They both studied architecture at the University of Florence. They worked in Milan as freelance designers in the architecture, furniture and fashion sectors. In 1993, they won the Top Ten award for the Tatlin sofa at the furniture exhibition held in Cologne by Dupont International

The editor

Edra was created in 1987 in Tuscany. Today it is known worldwide for the absolute quality of its products, which combine artistic tradition, technological research, great manual skill and very high quality materials. She has always created exclusive and timeless products. Sofas, armchairs and all other products from the Edra collection are designed and manufactured in such a way that they are unique. Edra has been part of the collections of major international museums of contemporary art and design around the world for many years. Edra’s works are part of the permanent collections of MoMA in New York, Center Pompidou and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.

A beautiful authentic sculpture sofa at a fair price

This Talin sofa has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage furniture is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for exceptional furniture.

Finally, buying vintage furniture preserves the resources of planet earth.

Additional information
Weight 50 kg
Dimensions 134 × 210 × 175 cm




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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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