Comfort, design and craftsmanship for Abacus designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti

Abacus, designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, is a sofa system that is the flagship of the new Twenty collection by Porada. In this product, tradition and elegance are interpreted in a contemporary key. The project is characterized by great compositional flexibility, linked to the proposal of hexagonal seating elements that can be used as terminals, corners or chaise-longues, to structure single sofas and articulated compositions, both with the classic linear and corner geometry, and with refined shapes with unprecedented inclinations. Abacus is part of the Porada family of upholstered furniture which in recent years has found an ever-increasing space in the collections with excellent results. Comfort and design, in this as in the other upholstered furniture, go hand in hand and find perfect completion in the careful craftsmanship of Porada.

Abacus by Gabriele e Oscar Buratti for Porada

At a glance

What is it?
It is a sofa system with infinite compositional possibilities that adapts to every need of use and to different types of space: from large open spaces to the classic living area.
What is the design concept?
It focuses heavily on flexibility and the combination of different but complementary elements. A sofa that lends itself to becoming a unique piece, shaped on the tastes and needs of those who choose it.
How is it made and from what materials?
The base is in solid canaletta walnut with tips in black chrome and brushed brass. The removable cover is in the fabrics of the collection, the non-removable one in leather. Metal frame with straps covered in technical velvet. The seat cushions are padded with high resilience polyurethane foam in different densities, with the upper part in Memory Foam and upholstery in wadding coupled with cotton and velvet. Armrests and backrests have a structure in birch plywood and solid fir and padding in differentiated-density polyurethane foam covered in white wadding coupled with cotton and velveteen. The back cushions are padded with channeled goose down, polyurethane foam insert and lined with anti-feather cotton fabric. Trapezoidal elements that can be combined to form peninsulas or seats with greater depth are added to the bases. The armrests can be padded or with integrated coffee table function in solid canaletta walnut.
How is it produced and where?
Abacus, like all Porada products, is entirely made in Brianza. The wooden parts are made internally in the factory-headquarters in Cabiate, while the upholstered parts are the work of highly trusted subcontractors in the area with whom we have always collaborated.
How is it manufactured?
The production process of the upholstery system is the result of an artisanal and industrial work. The metal and wood structures of the padding and the components in visible wood are made using CNC machining centers and other technologically advanced machinery. The finishes and the packaging of the coatings are instead determined by skilled manual operations.
What makes it special?
Abacus differs from the usual sofas primarily due to the introduction of hexagonal elements. Raised from the ground by feet / wooden frame, it is characterized by the slight inclination of the side and back and by the refinement of the proportions of the padded and soft parts. As an alternative to the textile side, there is a wooden table / armrest, inserted on the seat, with a particular hexagonal shape, a support surface for glasses and books or for a cushion. Shape, accessories and compositional possibilities make it innovative and difficult to imitate.
How is it?
Comfortable, elegant, functional.
In the designer’s own words
Tradition and elegance are interpreted in a contemporary key, with great compositional flexibility, linked to the proposal of hexagonal seating elements that can be used as terminals, corners or chaise-longues.