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he innovative seating system Monopoli now includes new components, designed for Désirée by the award winning French designer Marc Sadler, who has been based in Milan for a number of years. This year, the Venetian firm has introduced at the Salone del Mobile new slimline backrests, movable cushions/ backrests that are equally suitable for shallow seats, as well as an irregular five-sided unit that adds a vibrant touch to the sofa itself.

  • What is it  Monopoli, a modular sofa system manufactured by Désirée.
  • What is special  Thanks to movable backrests and armrests, available in several sizes, you are able to create the perfect sofa for every occasion.
  • How is it made  The system includes individual seats as well as a vast selection of backrests and armrests that vary in sizes and firmness. Merely 28 cm-thick, the new cushions/ backrests adapt to the 98 cm-deep sofas. They are available as a straight or a corner piece and thanks to its two hinged parts, you are able to adjust the width of the angle. A special hinge makes it possible to combine in the removable cover two materials as different as fabric and leather.
  • Who is it by  Monopoli is a project by Marc Sadler, one of the first students to graduate from the course in Industrial Aesthetics at the ENSAD in Paris. In addition, he’s a pioneer in experimenting with materials and being influenced by technology, a matter that represents the distinctive feature of his designs. Subsequently to working in France, the United States, Asia and Italy, Marc Sadler decided to relocate to Milan. In his studio in via Savona, projects for the top brands on the design and manufacturing scenes come to life. Award winning, he has received four Compasso d’Oro awards and as many Reddot Design Awards, as well as other coveted international awards.
  • We have chosen it because…  By moving the backrest (and not the entire sofa), you are able to reinvent this sofa at any stage, adapting it to any occasion. Monopoli is perfect to stretch out comfortably as you read a book, it provides you with the right type of support as you’re lying on your side watching TV, or you are able to recompose yourself as you converse with guests.


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