The sofa's extraordinary comfort comes from the pleasantly soft upholstery and an ingenious adjustment mechanism, which makes it possible to individually adapt the side and backrest elements for various sitting or reclining positions. The Mariposa Sofa does not openly display its functional features: the slim side and back elements can be continuously and silently adjusted, from an upright position to an outward angle of approximately 30° and back again. The resistance is calibrated in such a way that these elements stay in place when the sitter leans back in a normal fashion, but will adjust to the desired angle when intentional pressure is applied. In addition to being an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture, the Vitra Mariposa 2½ Seater Sofa has strong eco-credentials too, and is produced within Vitra's strict guidelines on sustainability. The wider Mariposa range includes a Love Seat that complements the 2½ Seater Sofa beautifully.
Edward Barber studied Interior Design at Leeds Polytechnic and in 1992 moved to London to study Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art.
Jay Osgerby studied furniture design at Ravensbourne College of Art and in 1992 moved to the RCA to study Architecture and Interiors. Edward and Jay met at the RCA and in 1996 they formed BarberOsgerby.
Together they now have an extensive and diverse portfolio of modern furniture and contemporary lighting for designer brands such as Isokon Plus, Magis, KnollStudio, Flos, Asplund, Cappellini and Vitra.