Although B&B Italia’s Bend Sofa was first unveiled in 2010, it was not introduced in Singapore until 2011. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, the Bend Sofa was intended to be affordable to the masses, unlike it’s pricier cousins. It was designed as a series of modules that allows a flexible range of configurations to be made to customize the sofa for different room sizes and layouts. Patricia Urquiola had created curves in the monolithic form and gave it a vastly different look with different combinations of the modules. It can look like a sofa from a totally different design range.
B&B Italia Bend Sofa by Patricia Urquiola – Curvaceous Everywhere
B&B Italia says that the Bend Sofa gives the appearance of being “manually moulded from a supple material as if by a sculptor”. I have to agree on this. It looks like a single piece of moulded foam to me. The explicit stitching further emphasize the three-dimensional curves and irregularity of the design. Patricia Urquiola wanted to convey the idea of motion by alternating full and empty spaces. If you look at a single module of the Bend Sofa, you will not be able to see this. It is only apparent when you begin piecing the various modules together.
The Different Faces of the Bend Sofa – Different Configurations Renews the Look
The feel that the Bend Sofa achieves is somewhat different from other configurable sofas such as the Poltrona Frau Quadra that I had reviewed earlier. You can even create double side seating arrangements while keeping a singular design flow. Regardless of the combinations that you had chosen in the case of Poltrona Frau Quadra, it maintains its consistency in profile and design. In the case of the Bend Sofa, it breaks the visual consistency and is somewhat eccentric, as what B&B Italia says.
Even Back-to-Back Configurations are Possible!
I will not say that the Bend Sofa’s eccentricity makes it a choice over traditional designs such as Florence Knoll Lounge Seating or the contemporary Poltrona Frau Quadra. The Bend Sofa may not appeal to a wide audience, especially for the non-adventurous ones. Ultimately, it is dependent on the design theme that you had chosen for your home to see which one fits. Personally, I like it very much for its artistic expression. I believe you can tell as this is the single post where I had put in the most photos! However, my next home may not have a sizable Living Room to bring out the best of this design.
The Bend Sofa at its Best, looking Cosy and Luxurious in a Large Living Room