Echo Modular Sofa by Grupa
The Echo modular sofa provides an exceptionally relaxing experience of lying on the most comfortable bed. This sumptuous quality of comfort extends to the overall design of the sofa, and is especially accentuated in its seating cushion. The sofa is suitable for informal sitting and lying down, as the backrest and armrest are ergonomically adapted for relaxed reclining. Echo is also available in regular seating depth modules and can be used in the business premises.
The whole system is supremely modular as it allows diverse combinations in terms of length and width. Echo comes in textile or in combination with leather on the outer sides of the backrest and armrests.
|Base||steel rod Ø16 mm, steel plate + powder coating TREND9|
|Seat & backrest||HR foam, polyester wadding|
|Upholstery||fabric (removable) / fabric + leather|
Echo Sofa Collection is made to order. Lead time would be 9-10 weeks.
Members of Grupa are designers Filip Despot, Ivana Pavić and Tihana Taraba. For a number of years, they have been collaborating with Croatian and foreign furniture producers and since 2010 they have started developing their own brand named the Grupa products, which are distributed on the international and European markets. They have been exhibiting on domestic and international juried exhibits and their works were published in important international and Croatian publications. They have also been awarded many prizes.
We tend to perceive furniture as something abstract, created on designers’ desks, and then produced, branded, and placed on the market by companies with different statuses and reputations. In fact, relations inside the contemporary globalized furniture industry are becoming more and more fragmented with less and less opportunity for complete dedication to synergies and collaborations… Prostoria, as a young company whose catalog already comprises some new icons such as the Polygon armchair and the Revolve transformable sofa, stands as an example of a different and more traditional approach based on the evolution from the local factuality and logical clustering of all actors involved in the production process.
The rapid development of Prostoria, formerly known as Kvadra, a company which has come a long way, from “starting from zero” to positioning itself as the leader and promoter of new ideas in only a few years time, is a story about the reintroduction of continuity both in Croatia and Central Europe, a region with vital but insufficiently recognized design scene and remarkable tradition and knowledge of the furniture industry. Those elements served as latent potentials that provided grounds for a continuation and had to be activated.
Since the beginning, Prostoria has been developing an integrative approach, functioning as a collaboration platform that nourishes and stimulates the continuous exchange of knowledge and experience between all the actors participating in the production of furniture. A dynamic workshop ambiance has been created offering opportunities mainly to young designers to explore their ideas in excellent conditions and bring them to the highest level of design, functionality, and technological artisanship. Many products have been developed over long periods of time surpassing a number of iterations until reaching their final form, which would be impossible without adequate support combining the contemporary technology and meticulous craftsmanship and handwork of the highest quality. Predominantly local materials are used, especially solid wood, and most of the production takes place within the company itself or in collaboration with local cooperatives.
While the company’s catalog also offers furniture based on tested models, Prostoria shows strategic and even passionate dedication to research-based design, convinced that authenticity has its place on the market but presents a special challenge in the times when it seems almost impossible to create truly innovative and fresh concepts. For that reason, Prostoria’s social responsibility and specific position have to be observed as a contribution to the evolution of design and readiness to take the risk in order to reach new values for the benefit of users and the culture. Thus, Prostoria stands as a project inside of which designers grow together with the company on the grounds of mutual trust and shared goals.