Andreu World introduced the Flex armchair and padded chair to the world in 2018, at the Salone del Mobile and NeoCon. The entire Flex family is recognizable for its firm, fresh, no-nonsense lines, strong but slender and lithe. Although these chairs, conceived by Italian designer Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, earned the conference seating Best of NeoCon silver award, they are elegant and versatile enough to warrant use at home, too.

The contoured shell for the armchair version is flanked with integrated tulip-shaped arms that make it both comfortable and pleasing to look at, and suggest an attention to ergonomics that is rarely so refined in contract furnishings. Andreu has even made the seating available in a range of rich or subtle thermopolymer colours.

A fully upholstered Flex armchair with cantilever base and a double-shell version

The chair, armchair, Flex High Back bar and counter stools now come in padded versions and in all the base options common to the collection: four steel or wooden legs, sled, cantilever, aluminum central swivel base or aluminum central swivel base with five casters – a finish that also offers two options, either a padded seat or padded seat and backrest.

'The Flex armchair reflects a studied evolution in flexibility and lightness,' said designer Cazzaniga. 'The curved, soft lines of its silhouette create an organic and enveloping shape that embraces the body when seated, through stylized arms, and creating a welcoming presence in any place where people work and interact.'

The latest padded versions of the Flex High Back pieces retain their higher, more sophisticated backrest, and a double-texture shell with a thermoplastic exterior and a fully upholstered interior that preserves the horizontal bands of stitching characteristic of the original design.

A selection of padded Flex chairs and the fully upholstered Flex armchair

Cazzaniga always works closely with production people and processes. 'Good design arises from an apparently simple and natural gesture,' he said. 'Then it reaches excellence when it is able to decline, to reinterpret itself without losing an iota of its original strength. Flex is born from an evocation: the concentric waves that form when a drop falls on water. Everything starts from a gesture.'