Bernhardt Design: MellowMay 18, 2016
The brainchild of emerging French designer Océane Delain, the Mellow sofa for Bernhardt Design was born out of a desire for a traditional yet customizable piece of furniture that can be tailored to the individual needs of its users in form, function, and aesthetic.
Delain, now a designer and scenographer at the digital fabrication firm FabShop in Paris, initially conceived Mellow while studying at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. Her vision was selected for further development by VIA, a government-sponsored program that supports young talents as they transform ideas into prototypes.
Boasting a single seam and the capacity to withstand modifications through complete memory retention, the upholstery textile was discovered by Delain from an unlikely source: “Since the fabric is from the medical field, it was available only in one natural color, and I had to hand-dye the first samples in my bathtub,” she says. Mellow features a solid-maple platform frame with wood buttons attached to a system of nylon cords. Arranged in a geometric grid and connected to a series of 21 self-locking cam cleats, the cords allow one to tweak the sofa’s shape and improve its comfort. With integrated foam layers of varying densities, Mellow can morph its appearance but still return to its original form.
Mellow measures 30⅝ inches high and 87½ inches wide. It is available in four finish and fabric options: red or black fabric with a maple base, and black or taupe fabric with a black base. The color of the cords, buttons, and locking cam cleats coordinates with the base color.