With the Structure Sofa, Alain Gilles sought to design a comfortable and ergonomic sofa with a light lineation and dynamic, graphic looks on the back. The collection meets the needs of both individual clients and interior design specialists.

Henry van de Velde Labels 2015

Edition 2015

Structure Sofa



Design Alain Gilles


Company Bonaldo (IT)


Plywood, steel, foam,

duvet, upholstering

72 × 250 × 86 cm


Alain Gilles says about the design: “The concept behind the Structure Sofa was to play with the architectural structure of a standard sofa, to open it up in order to expose its soft inner side and to create a dynamic movement between the seat cushions and the backrest. In general, a sofa is very much a box opened on the top and front. In the case of the Structure Sofa, it was like taking a cardboard box, cutting the sides, and tilting the back and sides together towards the back to create a comfortable angle for the backrest. The armrests are also opened at an angle, creating a warmer and more welcoming impression. Since the sofa is resting on a metal structure, we further played with the metal structure of the supporting legs and chose a tone on tone colour palette.”