Everyone had ever stared at the clouds up in the sky at least in childhood, fascinated by the various interesting images that the clouds reminded us of and imaging the wonderful sensation lying on the soft clouds. At the time, we were so na?ve and free in mind that even flying on the sky was accessible.
云的故事始于2014年， 在grado设计师Wendy Liu的眼中，除了漂浮的轻盈感，云是一种柔软的有机形态。正如人对沙发的需求，也并不是一味的正襟危坐，而是追求多样的坐姿，以找寻最舒适的感觉，也许是靠着，趴着，躺着或者半卧着。
The story of the cloud began in 2014. In the eyes of Wendy Liu, a grado designer, in addition to the lightness of floating, cloud features a soft organic form. Just like what people want for a sofa: instead of keening on a stiffly square position, people tend to pursue flexible sitting positions on the sofa so that they can determine the most ideal and comfortable one at the time, be it reclining, lying prostrate, lying down or half-lying.
So, is it viable that we design a cloud-like sofa which can meet people’s needs for all sitting positions?
Such a seemingly unrealistic idea, actually, requires incessant meticulous consideration since the different part of human body needs distinct supporting strength in the contact of the sofa, which means detailed and thorough deliberation has to be made behind its soft appearance.
Three Usage Modes: sitting, lying and sitting cross-legged
Finally, the first version of Cloud Sofa was born in 2014 as a graduation project with all anticipated sitting positions blended into the design which boasted smooth lines. The design of Cloud Sofa won the unanimous praise of the judges and teachers who showed intensive interest in and amazement at the soft yet thoughtful cloud which seemed to understand every possibility that you want to interact with it, and responded to you with support actively.
However, the story of the cloud continues. Work and life experience in furniture design for six years triggered in the designer new inspirations for Cloud Sofa: how to enable more people to feel the temperature of Cloud Sofa to them?
For the Cloud Sofa to be market-oriented, grado needs to rethink all related issues: how to successfully transform a work into a product? how to optimize the structure, and improve the quality to achieve mass production?
After six years’ deliberation and constant exploration, the designer upgraded the shape and structure of Cloud Sofa in 2020 again, aiming at creating the space aesthetics that grado has been advocating. The designer hopes the new version can be perfectly integrated into the space and able to realize people’s fantasies about clouds, and be acceptable to the public in terms of price as well.
The unique shape of Cloud Sofa, used in any space, is definitely a bright spot that cannot be ignored. Yet its soft and perceptual curve, natural and poetic form, on the other hand, will help avoid incompatibility, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the overall home ambience.
Cloud Sofa is also suitable for some leisure places in the office space such as the lobby and the rest area which are ideal spaces for communication, relaxation and inspiration, revealing the willingness of the enterprise to embrace innovation.
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