Peugeot Design Lab has chosen the Milan Design Week as the venue to unveil its latest creation, the ONYX sofa.
The all-new sofa design will form the heart of Peugeot Design Lab’s installation at 32 Via Tortona – the heart of Milan’s old industrial area – in a 750m2 exhibition space arranged over three rooms.
As the first piece in Peugeot Design Lab’s custom furniture collection, the three-metre long seat takes its inspiration from the 2012 ONYX trio of superbike, supertrike and supercar.
The ONYX concept car was powered by a 600bhp hybrid powertrain; but equally memorable was its bodywork made from carbon-fibre combined with copper and its cabin of felt and newspaper-derived wood. The ONYX sofa has been designed as a static partner to that and has been built from hand-crafted Volvic volcanic lava stone that is seamlessly joined with hi-tech carbon-fibre.
“At Milan we are making a link between the ONYX Concept Supercar, a combination of efficiency plus audacious, natural materials, and the ONYX sofa,” said Peugeot styling director Gilles Vidal.
“This project was started in May 2013. From the beginning we had a very raw, very powerful sketch. The ONYX sofa is an illustration of a new concept that we intend to explore: unique pieces of furniture that are made to measure to suit the choice, origin and personality of the customer,” added Head of Peugeot Design Lab Cathal Loughnane.
Although launched in Paris in June 2012, the Peugeot Design Lab was actually created back in 2010. Working as a global industrial design studio, it comprises 10 designers who are able to draw on the skills and experience of 6000 engineers from within PSA Group.