Antonio Citterio’s delicate and welcoming sofa for Flexform

Flexform presents ‘Harper’, its new sofa designed by Antonio Citterio and unveiled at Salone del Mobile (5 – 10 September 2021)

A collage showing Antonio Citterio's Harper sofa for Flexform
‘Harper’ sofa, by Antonio Citterio, for Flexform. Artwork by Studio Likeness
(Image credit: Studio Likeness)

‘Each and every sofa sets the scene for a medley of different uses,’ says Italian maestro Antonio Citterio – and he should know, having designed dozens of different models for Italian luxury brand Flexform over the last 40 years. His latest, the ‘Harper’ seating system presented during Salone del Mobile 2021, has an innately elegant appeal thanks to its balanced proportions, neat upholstery and exquisite handcrafted details.

Named after the harp, it is designed as a delicate and welcoming sofa, ‘like a lullaby created by the sophisticated sound of the stringed instrument’.

Antonio Citterio, Flexform, and sofa finesse

What really sets the sofa apart is a distinctive console armrest, made of thin metal sheet clad in leather. Available in two widths and 13 different colours (including Dark Brown, Olive and Bulgarian Red), it is big enough to store throws, books, remote controls or even your collection of Wallpaper* magazines. Combined with generously padded modular seats, corners, armchairs, ottomans and terminal elements that come in three depths (99cm, 111cm and 126cm), it can be configured to fit to perfection whatever the space available.

Entirely made by Flexform’s craftspeople at the company’s factory in Meda, it comes with refined construction details and a relaxed, casual silhouette that are designed for open-plan living, where the back of the sofa is as much on view as the front.

Detail of the armrest of Antonio Citterio's Harper sofa for Flexform featuring space for books and magazines

Detail of the leather-clad console armrest

(Image credit: Studio Likeness)

Set on a wooden frame clad in polyurethane foam padding, the premium seat cushions are filled with goose down and inserts in crush-proof material, while the upholstery is available in hundreds of different exclusive fabrics (including cashmere, cotton, linen and velvet) and leathers. We’re particularly fond of the gros-grain piping detail, available in a range of different colours, but you could also pick your own favourite fabric to create a completely unique sofa.

Talking about my relationship with Flexform means talking about a group of friends who have shared visions and experiences,’ says Citterio. ‘It also means talking about a big part of my life, given the fact that we have been working together for over 40 years.’ Here’s hoping that special relationship continues for years to come.


From £15,162 for a two-seater sofa with console armrest

Léa Teuscher is a Sub-Editor at Wallpaper*. A former travel writer and production editor, she joined the magazine over a decade ago, and has been sprucing up copy and attempting to write clever headlines ever since. Having spent her childhood hopping between continents and cultures, she’s a fan of all things travel, art and architecture. She has written three Wallpaper* City Guides on Geneva, Strasbourg and Basel.