Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron had a vineyard in mind when they built the concert hall of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
The terraces of the Swiss vineyards had also inspired designer Ubald Klug 40 years earlier. On rectangular baseplates reminiscent of the terraces of the vineyards, he built multilayer upholstered reliefs that invite a person to sit or lie down. He assembled the various elements into actual seating landscapes. The analogy to the terraced cultural landscape, the Terrazza, cannot be overlooked.
Mick Jagger’s enthusiasm for the sofa shows how Klug’s approach had struck the nerve of the day. The curvilinear, scrunched upholstered bodies have all the characteristics of a home decor that was prevalent in young group living arrangements at the time and continues to this day!