Albert & Ile Sofa
Gigi Radice design / Minotti Historic Archive
The Minotti Albert & Ile Sofa Collection.
Drawn from the Minotti Archive, the designs of Albert & Ile, a family of seats and a coffee tables characterized by their vintage flavour, are thought as a tribute to Alberto, the founder of the company who died in 1991, and Ileana, his wife, currently Honorary President of the company. The family shares the same design of the slender and retro-styled legs, but the elements differ in terms of general shape.
The Albert sofa maintains the 1900-inspired armrests and classic lines reinterpreted by the aesthetics of the Fifties. A decorative front element runs along its entire length and draws the armrest: made of solid wood, it is first covered and then fixed with nails to the main structure.
Ile, instead, is closer to the aesthetics of the Sixties. Inspired by classic armchairs and characterised by the hollow shape of its back, it reframes these elements according to the versatility of the forms of the Sixties.
A mohair wool velvet, in vibrant colours with shimmering reflections – from Mink to Cobalt, from Blue Ocean to Titanium – is the upholstery that best enhances the two pieces.
Albert & Ile have been edited on the occasion of the company’s 70th anniversary, testifying to Minotti’s DNA which, thanks to its founder, still transmits the importance of manual skills and the know-how of a sophisticated sartorial tailoring.
The family shares the same design of the slender and retro-styled leg but the elements differ in terms of general shape.
Solid wood. Seat composed of heavy duty steel coil springs and high rubber content elastic strap webbing with additional covering in high density polyurethane foam. Backrest and armrests with high rubber content elastic strap webbing and high resilience variable density polyurethane foam. The entire structure is encased in a breathable heat-bonded fiber for added softness.
The upholstery cannot be removed on either the fabric or leather version.
Conical, molded cast metal, varnished polished Pewter colour with anti-fingerprint finish, tips in polished Gold finish or varnished polished Pewter. Protective felt slides.
The Albert and Ile models are manufactured using highly-skilled upholstering craftsmanship and are entirely faithful to the original versions from the 1960s. The decorative element that runs along the entire front of the sofa and the armchair, and around the armrests, is made of contoured solid wood that is upholstered and then attached to the structure.