When English designer James Irvine began work on a new interpretation of the S 5000 daybed-style sofa 15 years ago, he was designing for the present – with the future already in mind. Daybeds with tubular-steel frames were already an integral part of the Thonet range in the 1930s; from this classic design, Irvine created a versatile sofa system. Now Studio Irvine, directed by Marialaura Rossiello-Irvine – architect and wife of the late designer – has carried on with the idea of the convertible, minimalist S 5000 range, with its foundation of bent tubular steel, and has re-imagined it. The result is a modular system of sofas and seating elements with dividing panels. Numerous accessories such as tables, cushions and power sockets allow for a wide variety of applications in the context of New Work as well as in private spaces. The new S 5000 Retreat option can be used to block out noise or as a privacy screen, creating a private yet aesthetically pleasing working environment.
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