Osaka by LaCividina
In 1967, Pierre Paulin challenged the prevailing order with the invention of an innovative modular seating system for MobilierNational.
The pliable components are configurable as a sofa, a chaise longue, or even a bed. Soon after launching, it was deemed the definitive representation of French design for the country’s pavilion at expo 70, the Osaka World Exposition in Japan.
Now, LaCividina has enlisted Maïa Paulin, to help re-create the original, rescuing the Osaka sofa from history.
As in Paulin’s version, Osaka is based upon a segmented steel frame, which can bear-fang like vertebrae into a curved or linear spines.
The frame accepts two channeled seat cushions and a back cushion, all made from expanded polyurethane and covered in stretch fabric.
10 modules starting from 1800mm up to 6300mm.
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LaCividina was founded in 1976 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the northeast of Italy.
Today it is an influencial furniture company which produces iconic seating and table products for the contract and residential markets.
With its firm belief in high-quality craftsmanship, attractive design and flexible projects, for over 40 years LaCividina has encapsulated the very best features associated with the “Made in Italy” label.
It combines the values of manufacturing traditions with the international outlook of the contract and residential markets. Building on this well- established business vision, LaCividina rapidly grew from a prototype development workshop into a brand that can be found in hotels, offices, homes and public places all over the globe.
It now competes in international markets thanks to its constant research into products and materials, its contemporary designs and its flexible solutions.
About the designer
Born in Paris in 1927, Pierre Paulin made his début in the 50’s, known for his designs and installations (TV, Thonet, Bertrand Faure, Disderot, Artifort), he brought modernity to the Elysée Palace for President Pompidou in 1971.
He designed all the furniture for the official office of François Mitterrand, and renovated the dining room for Jacques Chirac. At the same time, he founded ADSA with two associates, working on industrial projects (Calor, Allibert, Stamp) and brand image (Air France) as well as fitting-out railway stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare de Versailles Rive Gauche).
His pieces figure amongst the collections of numerous museums across the world, and various exhibitions have been dedicated to him in 2007/8. MOMA, New York has enlarged its collection of Paulin pieces.