The designer Cristina Celestino brings new definitions for the sofa with her latest design, the gala seating system for the Italian design brand Saba. With a subtle allusion to the retro-future aesthetic of sofas in the 1970s, Gala examines the flexibility and flowability of the upholstered object and examines it as a place, not just a functional product.
The special feature of the seat collection is the geometric backbone, a vertical element with curves for front and rear seats. While the word “gala” is associated with the concept of elegance and sophistication, in Italian it also means ornament or decoration. In this case, the decoration – the corrugated backrest – is the structure of the upholstery itself. Gala is also one of the planets in the Star Wars franchise and thus an indirect homage to the world of the stars, as well as to the optimism and avant-garde that shaped this era to have.
Gala is a physical representation of Celestino’s personal design ethos. It is inspired by nature and architecture, as the soft but defined geometries of the sofa show, and combines tradition and innovation in one object. The sculptural and configurable nature of the seating system encourages us to redefine interiors from residential to hospitality contexts.
Lifestyle photos by Mattia Balsamini, still life photos by Claudio Rocci.