The history of the modern recliner begins, of all places, in the pilots lounge of an American aircraft carrier, where officers reclined in leather chairs that tilted back, designed to put them at ease before a taking off into combat. The designer later adapted these seats to carry men to the moon. The concept was a simple one: a durable but soft, finely stitched leather seat, with padding that recovered its shape, capable of reclining into a position that a person would feel completely comfortable in no matter how stressful the mission. Natuzzi has taken the recliner, expanded on it in a variety of innovative ways, refined the luxuriousness as only a marquise Italian furniture company can, and endowed the creation with components that make this beautiful settee soar. In Italian Volo literally means ‘flight’, and easing back using the effortless controls of this imaginative sofa puts you in touch with an unparalleled feeling of sumptuousness and elevation.
If relaxing on a beautifully hand-crafted Italian leather cloud of comfort, feet up in front of a terrific movie is your idea of an evening well spent, then Volo is the perfect home entertainment seating solution. Exquisitely grained hand worked leather, available in every imaginable shade or texture, is just the beginning of the options offered by Natuzzi Italia in this collection. There are literally over one hundred and fifty coverings including deep-piled fabrics, robust houndstooth and herringbone tweeds, and brilliantly toned synthetics. Choose the patterned retro feel of ‘Teal Brown Asterisco’ or the super-charged ‘Tirreno Dreamfibre,’ all highlighted with the handcrafted stitching (also available in contrasting colors) characteristic of Natuzzi’s heritage and timeless attention to detail. The support, and the ability of this piece to retain its beauty and shape for years to come, are courtesy of high-tech, pressure sensitive memory foam layered into every cushion in this piece. It’s soft and pliant, recovering completing after every use.
One of the space-age mechanics built in to this superb sofa is the ingenious ‘Soft Touch’ control panel in the armrest. Glide your finger along the surface of the sensor, which is perfectly positioned in easy reach and you control the rise of the backrest, leg rest, and pitch of the seat. Invisible to the naked eye, this seamless set of instruments are a perfect balance of elegant form and efficient function. Again, like a finely tuned aircraft, design and practical experience work in harmony with state-of-the-art components to create a classic. The final addition to the already splendid array of mechanical sorcery imbedded in the Volo, is the “zero wall system.” Most work-a-day reclining sofas require lots of clearance space behind the back to allow for the backrest to open. Not so the Volo. With precision on take-off, the headrest structure lifts and retracts, tucking into itself to create a an aerodynamic, zero clearance surface that can fit neatly against your wall so no space is wasted.
A smooth, distinctive solution created by consummate design professionals, this richly appointed, classic living room essential is available in a space saving extended two seater or as a sectional rich with configuration possibilities. Take a test flight on the Volo by Natuzzi Italia at our Watertown Design Center. Volo: artistry and ingenuity synchronized for soaring comfort.
Posted by: Thomas Kee