NEW YORK CITY, MUSEUM of ARTS and DESIGN/ Permanent Collection

The Ray Sofa by Antonio Pio Saracino has been acquired in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
The Ray Sofa is an exploration of the structural components found in the natural world and the ways in which they can find expression in design.

Each “sofa” is constructed with a cellular assemblage of multiple strips of rubber foam and then coated with an elastic polymer skin. This chair exists as a visual contradiction – it looks as hard as a gemstone, but in fact it is soft and comfortable.

When viewed from above, the Ray Sofa is reminiscent of a composition of pixels and also resembles the way crystals are formed.