St Ely is a partnership between industrial designer Eugenie Manseau and architect Hubert Pelletier. The sofa has been produce by Lerival, an American design house that links furniture design with architecture.
One could say that the inspiration comes from the angle back of the years 1920 and 1930 couches, the straight lines, the hard locked shape of contemporary furniture,and yet remain perfectly comfortable. The modules combine perfectly in every way, giving you various option to adapt to your needs.
Most modular sofas are a continuous piece sliced up,” Pelletier said ”We wanted to subtly stress the idea of the individual units and the act of combining these units together.”
“The fold at each end is the dominant detail of the design and creates a repetitive motif when many units are assembled,” he continued.
A key consideration for St Ely was the impact of the piece on the surrounding space: “A large piece of furniture like a sofa can be used to articulate the architectural space, divide rooms and underline functional transitions in space.”
“We think the back view is as important as the front or side view. By expressing the fold on the back side we created a formal detail that is coherent with the front view and that animates the back side,” Pelletier added.