Meet Avio: The Ultimate Sofa System by Knoll

January 24, 2017

Designed by Piero Lissoni and launched in Milan in 2016, Avio is the first sofa system in the Knoll Studio collection. With its versatility and its multiple size and shape options, this sofa can help interpret and make better use of any space. Avio is perfect for those who appreciate elegant design, but are also looking for comfort.

The sofa took Lissoni years to perfect, but it was definitely worth the wait. The secret to Avio's incredible comfort is the way it has been constructed. It is built as a supporting structure: a steel central beam fitted with "fingers" runs underneath it, supporting seats, backrests and tables. Each seat is then attached to the metal structure through an individual frame. The seats and backrest are made of several types of foam with variable density, covered with polyester fibrefills to enhance comfort. You can place the different modules on the "fingers" interchangeably, so the sofa lends itself to many interpretations and configurations, depending on your space and taste. It can accommodate an almost endless number of benches, sofas, chaise longues and beautiful table tops. Upholstery covers are removable, which means the sofa is very easy to care for.

The Avio sofa is the perfect choice for houses or apartments where access is difficult. The sofa comes in individual components and is built once in situ. Perfect for period homes or flats with small, narrow hallways or no lifts. Avio can squeeze through almost any of these! 

In addition to the classic 2-seater, 3-seater, and 4-seater, there is now also a compact version of any of these sizes, which offers slightly smaller width and depth, allowing you to be more flexible with your space. 

Thanks to its modern, clean lines, Avio is suitable for home or office interiors alike, and it looks equally great in leather of fabric upholstery.  

Piero Lissoni is an Italian architect and designer specialising in contemporary furniture and lighting design. His minimalistic style, epitomised by the Avio sofa, is characterised by clean lines and uncluttered design, centred around a balance between tradition and modernity. In Lissoni's own words, with his work he is trying to cultivate "the art of understatement".

Avio corner sofa with integrated coffee table 

 Avio 3-seat sofa in Venezia leather

 Avio 3-seat sofa in fabric

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