t’s comfortable, simple in style and recyclable; you can put it on or take it off in a second; it’s easily washed and always fits perfectly. What is it?
- What it is Costume is a modular seating system introduced and previewed this year by Magis at the Salone del Mobile (available soon). It is the first modular system created by the Venetian “Made in Italy” company.
- What makes it special Costume is a sofa coming from the spirit of our times. It is easy to use (especially its super-clever cover), able to adapt to constantly changing needs and made from environmentally sustainable materials. These characteristics reflect the lifestyle of its designer and of those around him.
- How it’s made The system is made up of one single element, a simple unit with a square base to which back and armrests can be added to create customizable compositions. The seamless fabric cover can be fixed with rubber bands to the feet of each element—an easy operation that guarantees a tight fit even after washing. The internal structure is made of 4mm-thick recycled and recyclable polypropylene. For the lining, pocket springs have been chosen to reduce the use of synthetic foam, which is problematic from an ecological point of view. All of its elements can be individually replaced, allowing for a sofa that lasts over time.
- Whose idea it is Costume is a project by Munich-based industrial designer Stefan Diez, former student of Richard Sapper at the Stuggart State Academy of Art and Design. Born into a family of four generations of carpenters, his technical craftsmanship, instinct and passion for experimentation set him apart. Costume is Diez Office’s first project for Magis.
- We chose it because… Flexible, eco-sustainable and incredibly practical, Costume solves that annoying problem of putting the sofa’s cover back on after having washed it—that moment when two people must pull from opposite sides because the corners and seams no longer match. We know for certain that Stefan Diez is a designer who is familiar with this problem (who knows how many other designers are), which is just another reason to appreciate his sofa.