Extremely resistant and durable, it has the tactile qualities of leather but it can be processed in many ways, offers an infinite colour range, is washable, breathable and can even be ironed without loosing its soft suede touch. The value of this unique material lays in its powerful versatility.
In the talented hands of Patricia Urquiola, Alcantara shows at best its very expressive nature dressing the Volant armchair manufactured by Moroso. The Spanish designer has pleated the material and upholstered the armchair with it; the resulting linear geometry of the plissé becomes soft and vaporous in the edges of the seat, replicating the duality softness/rigidity also present in the object between the upholstered seat and the linear frame of the legs.
A hand printed motif in vivid red and a small series of smock embroidery also in red contrasts with the beige base and breaks for a brief moment the repeating rhythm of the pleats.