Saba | Gala

With the Gala seating system Cristina Celestino investigates the sofa as a place and not only as a mere functional product

Gala by Saba, Design Cristina Celestino - Photo © Mattia Balsamini
Gala by Saba, Design Cristina Celestino - Photo © Mattia Balsamini

The “sofa” is a place of exchange, it generates new experiences and it shapes interior spaces. With a subtle reference to the retro-future atmosphere of sofas that inhabited the ‘70s, the first work by Cristina Celestino for Saba explores the flexibility of the upholstered object with a no gender, sculptural and sophisticated volume, which lends itself to interpreting different visions of interiors, from residential to hospitality contexts. The central backbone is a vertical element that draws pleated curves ready to accommodate, both on the front as well as on the back, a seat-pouf element of different depths.

In a collective utopian imagination, the name Gala is associated to the concept of elegance and sophistication, but Gala is also an ornament, a decoration that is created with a rippled textile band and in our case, Gala becomes the structure of the upholstery itself. Gala is also one of the planets in Star Wars and an indirect tribute to the world of stars, to the optimism and the avant-garde that characterized that era.

Gala by Saba, Design Cristina Celestino - Photo © Mattia Balsamini
Gala by Saba, Design Cristina Celestino - Photo © Mattia Balsamini
Gala by Saba, Design Cristina Celestino - Photo © Mattia Balsamini