A flexible system with a focus on relationship comfort, Noah by Damian Williamson is a sectional sofa that also includes slightly curved modules that facilitate eye contact

Stepping outside the Cartesian grid is dangerous when it comes to product design. Zanotta, however, indulges this with Damian Williamson's Noah sofa, one of the 2022 novelties. A graphic piece, compact in size, it resolves some details in an unexpected way. Most importantly, it tackles the theme of modularity, the real kind, with originality. Rectangular modules are joined by curved ones, which configure a more cozy and informal living area.

A visual relationship

Damian Williamson wanted to work on the theme of visual relationship, on the possibility of creating a seating system that breaks out of the usual geometries. A thin and light platform with rounded corners and upholstered in fabric or leather, on which the upholstered seats rest. To give more informality and lightness, Williamson chose an overlapping of volumes on several levels and a single seat cushion.

A non-deformable seat

Comfort is an essential part of good sofa design. The fillings are made of differentiated-density polyurethane and memory foam in the most superficial part, so that the seat is crushproof and has excellent return performance. The middle part, on the other hand, is made of regenerated and regenerable polyester flakes, while the backrest padding is made of goose down.

System flexibility

The overall feeling is of a one-piece sofa, with solid proportions that remain unchanged in different configurations. The flexibility of the system and compositional possibilities is space-proof. Noah is designed to fit into large spaces, becoming an island of comfort, with a focus on human interaction when choosing curved modules. And Noah is equally designed for small spaces because of its compactness and the simplicity of slightly offset geometries that lighten visual perception.

Variety of modules

The sofa system is declined in an articulated variety of modules: 2-seater, 2-seater extended and 3-seater monoblocks, poufs, extended armchairs and different straight and curved end pieces with and without a tray. The latter element is a full part of the design and declined in the most diverse configurations. As an end part in place of the armrest cushion, to create an airy and light support surface thanks to the backward, magnetized feet, which are not visible but give stability to the tray. Or in a circular version to rest loosely on the seat. The open-pore matte black painted solid ash wood chosen for this element is hollowed out and creates a perimeter edge that gives shape to the object.