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Paolo Nava



Technology, elegance, ergonomics and comfort. An absolute icon of the modern furniture tradition, combining innovative technology and sophisticated craftsmanship, the Diesis sofa has become an essential element in the history of design. The precisely defined metal load-bearing structure combines with the seat, back and armrests in the shape of soft padded cushions covered in fabric or leather. Other details, such as the comb-shaped back in harmonic steel covered in thick leather, the cast brass parts and the leather, which is micro-perforated for aeration, have all become characteristic decorative elements denoting the careful attention dedicated to this product and its strong personality. Its utmost elegance even when seen from the back, with its thick leather upholstered backrest, means it can be placed at the centre of the room. Distinctive features and technological materials make Diesis a long-lasting product that meets the most sophisticated international taste. Comfort is guaranteed by soft padding.


Technology, elegance, ergonomics and comfort. Diesis has entered the history of contemporary design, appreciated by the international public. A classic project of modern tradition, this piece exhibits fine craftsmanship for the leather-working processes, while taking full advantage of new technologies in order to optimise quality and product lifetime. The metal load bearing structure defines the seat, back and armrests with precision, which look like soft padded cushions. Minimalism is expressed clearly in the design, which differentiates between structural and non-structural elements. The three-seat sofa was created to be set in the centre of a room like a work of art.

The original objective of the project is clear - to create an elegant formal sofa with a classic look, according to the design orientation of the Modern Movement. As for the projects in the years 1925-1929, also in this case, they went through the complete separation of the structure and the padded parts. The sofa structure is in die-cast with a hollow steel bar inserted in the interior to increase elastic resistance of the legs. The underseat frame is make from bonding two pieces of metal sheet. Other details, such as the steel comb-shaped back in harmonic steel covered in leather, the cast brass parts and the leather which is micro-perforated for aeration, have all become characteristic and decorative - which denotes the careful attention dedicated to this product and its strong personality.

Technical information

steel sheet and steel profiles covered in thick leather

Seat cushion upholstery:
shaped polyurethane of different density, sterilized down, polyurethane inserts, polyester fibre cover

Back and armrest cushion upholstery:
sterilized down, polyurethane inserts

Support frame and feet:
die-cast aluminium and tubular steel

plastic material

fabric or leather


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Paolo Nava

Paolo Nava was born in Seregno (Milan) in 1943, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano and attended the Advanced Course of Industrial Design in Florence. He completed his training in England by collaborating with industrial design studios. In 1972 he founded the Citterio-Nava studio with Antonio Citterio.

Together they designed some of the iconic products of Italian design. Since 1982 he has continued his activity as a designer independently, focusing on the design of furniture products for many prestigious Italian and international brands. His projects highlight the continuous search for a possible dialogue between his own poetic vision and the concrete industrial and production needs. Through a personal conceptual approach to the living space, he generates a profound transformation of use, building new relationships between materials and technologies, where the shape of his objects is often only the natural consequence of a precise design path.

Paolo Nava is the creator of some of the design concepts that have most revolutionized domestic design from the 1970s to today, creating timeless formal and functional archetypes. A fundamental aspect of his work is the direct experimentation on materials and the three dimensional verification through the laboratory model. Over 40 years of professional activity, the Paolo Nava studio has received numerous prestigious international awards for design.

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