But executing this as a functioning piece of furniture free of the fetters of the laws of linearity posed a challenge one met with decisive success: with the 360° rotatable backrests on DS-164, another chapter in Swiss furniture history was written in 2003. By de Sede, of course.
Standard configuration: Substructure aluminium-coloured metal. Legs A. For further versions, see options. If not specified otherwise, the standard configuration will be confirmed.
Upholstery and assembly: Metal construction black coated with board material.
Seat edge: moulded foam element.
Seat and back cushions: SEDEX upholstery with SEDE-Lux covering.
Legs version A: Metal aluminium-coloured or black coating. Glides for hard and soft floor coverings.
Legs version B: Leg B in high-gloss chrome-plated metal or other coatings available on request, subject to surcharge. Glides for hard and soft floor coverings.
Functions: Sofas: 2-part back element, can be adjusted laterally. Chair / stool: rotatable.
Note: Folds and creases will inevitably develop due to use. Deeper folds and creases on the back through use of the back function. Back elements are delivered individually wrapped.
REVOLUTIONARY BACK-PUSH MECHANISM
DS-164 Armchair can be transformed from an open sofa into an elegant chaise longue in a single movement, while the backrest can be stylishly rotated infinitely by 360°. The modular seat island, presented in organic curves, impresses with its expressive spatial presence, innovative functionality and playful approach to the classic expectations of a sofa. A furnishing element that individually adapts to every floor plan and every need.
HUGO DE RUITER
I consider upholstered furniture to be like a third skin. Just like a good piece of clothing, your furniture should be comfortable and suit you in many ways. My designs are dynamic in both shape and use. Components that are easy to move or shift ensure that the piece of furniture is perfectly adjustable to its user and thus able to keep up with daily life. This can range from a private moment or an intimate gathering to active comfort during the day or a lazy evening on the couch. A compact table ingeniously doubles in size to offer a warm welcome to friends at night.
In my work I call this (E)motion.
I am constantly searching for meaningful developments in my concepts and in this search I frequently find non-conformist solutions which contain distinctive functional features and a surprising design. Some great examples are the DS 164 for de Sede and the Wing for Jori.
I am inspired by nature, art, architecture and technology, but mostly, I am inspired by life itself.
At the age of 14, I had decided that I wanted to be a chef or a designer. My first sauces were sometimes lumpy, just like my first table, which was a bit rickety.
It was the combination of passion and ambition which drove me forwards.
These days, I cook some tasty meals for my friends and family and I have been a designer for international top brands for several years now. A salmon swims thousands of kilometres across the ocean to breed. It takes a tree hundreds of years to become full-grown.
It is my mission to create a good and healthy meal, with respect for these amazing ingredients which mother earth has given us. It is my mission to create a beautiful and durable table or chair. I and my clients subscribe to sustainable production methods.
Every single one of my designs is produced by craftsmen with an eye for quality.
Nothing lasts forever, but my designs attempt to be a friend for life.
I advise companies with innovative design, strategic and technical product development.
With more than 19 years experience in my design studio, and more than 20 years of experience as a designer and as a design-manager for Leolux, I am the right partner for all these matters.
Together with producers I build bridges towards new innovative and sustainable solutions.