The 'room in a room' is a concept that Vitra has intensively pursued over many years in collaboration with the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The idea of mobile micro-architectural elements has led to a wide variety of designs, among which the Alcove Sofa stands out as one of the most remarkable. The various Alcove sofas were conceived for open-plan offices, where they provide sheltered, private spaces in busy or hectic surroundings. This makes them a perfect place to withdraw for concentrated work or small meetings.
The different models in the Alcove family can be variably combined, thus offering a diverse range of possibilities for organising open-plan offices without having to install fixed structures. This enables the creation of cohesive central areas in open office environments – Meet & Retreat zones with a unified aesthetic.
The models in the Alcove sofa family with a tubular steel frame and 17 cm floor clearance come in three heights: Lowback (94 cm), Highback (136 cm) and Xtra High (187 cm). The soft 'Lounge' upholstery offers a relaxing place to sit, enhanced by arm cushions and small back pillows for even greater comfort (seat height 485 mm, 325 mm with applied load). 'Work' upholstery is firmer, providing sufficient support for working in a comfortable upright posture (seat height 480 mm, 385 mm with applied load).
The Alcove Highback Work shields users both visually and acoustically from the surrounding environment, forming a space for withdrawal. With its integrated tablet desk, storage box and cable inlet, Alcove Highback Work is a sofa version that offers a flexible and private workspace in the open-plan office for individual tasks requiring concentration.
Alcove Highback Sofa shields users both visually and acoustically from the surrounding environment. It offers a space for withdrawal and privacy. Thanks to the excellent acoustic qualities and its function as a visual screen, the Alcove Highback Sofa provides a truly peaceful oasis. This effect is even more pronounced when two sofas are positioned across from each other to make a 'room within a room'.
Alcove Cabin creates a secluded space, which is enclosed on all sides and accessible through a single opening. It provides visual and acoustic privacy for four to six people – especially the version with extra-high side walls. On the inside, Alcove Cabin has facing upholstered seats and can be optionally equipped with a table, power connections and lighting to serve as a full-fledged workspace.
Alcove Highback System elements can be combined to form individual configurations of a great range of shapes and sizes. The modular system is made up of three different elements: corner sections, middle sections and side sections (right and left). These allow the formation of sofa clusters that are perfectly tailored to the needs of each setting – whether it is an office, lobby, reception or waiting area.
Alcove Xtra High Sofa provides a sheltered space for withdrawal and privacy within its extremely high side and back panels. Thanks to its outstanding acoustic qualities and its function as a visual screen, it becomes a peaceful oasis in which to quietly concentrate in an open-plan office environment. This effect is even more pronounced when two sofas are positioned face to face, creating a 'room within a room'.