Life is an increasingly fluid landscape, with ever less space for crystalized and fixed solutions and thoughts. It is no surprise that what we most like is the mingling of opposites, the ability to draw inspiration from something and its direct opposite. It is in this exquisitely contemporary way that the Taba collection by Alfredo Häberli for Moroso combines the two aspirations of the Swiss-Argentine designer: on the one hand a rational approach (attentive to ergonomics and functions) and, on the other, a playful and poetic vein.
Taba is the name for a traditional rural game played by the campesinos with the anklebone of a cow. The shapes in the collection are inspired by these bones: straight lines and organic forms combine to create eight types of seats. A sofa, two armchairs (with fixed or swivel seats) and five ottomans. The shaping of the elements makes it possible to create a varied landscape of comfort, individual or collective, both in the home and in public areas (also thanks to the optional equipment of a power-unit for the sofas).
“Taba is a visually free interpretation of comfortable ergonomics,” explains the designer, who makes the layering of different organic lines and the softness of asymmetric forms the essence of his design philosophy. Each element, due to its form that harmonizes curves and planes, allows for a variety of seating styles and multiple uses. The horizontal surfaces simultaneously act as occasional supports, rest surfaces or work spaces. Interaction is the key word: “When designing sofas and seats,” concludes Häberli, “interaction between people has to be the primary focus. That’s why I play on precision of lines and poetically organic forms.”