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  • Canapé

    Designed by: Sebastian Nagel

    Released: 2013

    Number of styles: 4

    Script support: Latin Extended

    Most suitable for: Display Use (logos, headlines, …), Corporate Design, Editorial Design

    Notes: This font contains glyphs and/or features which are only accessible with fully OpenType-savvy applications.

    Canapé – working title Sofa – by Sebastian Nagel is based on the idea of letters with a subtly curved and slightly modulated line. Through this, the typefaces has a warm and friendly, almost haptical appearance which brings some kind of cosiness to your communication with type. Designed and crafted with great attention to detail, the type family is usable for copy texts as well as corporate design or display purposes. The design started in 2006 and Canapé (Serif) was released in 2013 after elaborate revisions and practical tests.
    Canapé Serif with its 4 fonts and more than 4,200 characters contains a large amount of features like small capitals, swashes, 10 different figure sets, automated fractions, ordinals, standard and discretionary ligatures, language support for Central and Western Europe, a Capital Sharp S and a small sofa building kit. All features are conveniently accessible through OpenType features.

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    The initial release of Canapé consists of 4 members:

    • Regular
    • Italic
    • Bold
    • Bold Italic 

    The italics have an additional set of playful swash alternates for all relevant characters—especially useful for display use.

    Default figure sets

    Proportional and tabular figures as lining old-style versions. 

    Additional figure sets

    Inverted figure set and italic swash figures as lining and old-style versions. 

    Metrics and class-based kerning.

    Carefully crafted metrics and class kerning combinations guarantee optimal spacing for almost any case, minimizing the need for manual corrections by the user of the font.

    Case-sensitive forms.

    Punctuation, mathematical operators, brackets and so on are
    replaced or repositioned for optimal alignment when text is set to »all capitals«. In addition the letter spacing is automatically increased.

    Small Caps & All Caps

    … changes small letters and punctuation to small capitals. “All small caps” also replaces figures, currency symbols and some special characters with small cap alternates.

    Swashes (Italics only)

    Replaces capitals, small letters, figures and some other characters from the standards italics with swash glyphs—especially useful for display use. 

    Standard ligatures

    Dozens of ligatures for typical problematic letter pairs, including ligatures for historic forms.

    Discretionary Ligatures

    Decorative ligatures for display use. 


    Smaller letterforms for use as ordinals and superscript letter. A complete set of small letters (a–z, è) as well as punctuation is available.

    Contextual alternates

    Contextual improvement of details for Th und www.

    Capital Sharp S

    … available as option for caps and small caps typesetting. 

    Historical forms

    Historical forms for z and s and their ligatures are available through the stylistic set ss02. 


    A complete set of figures for fractions, indices, superscript, inferiors, numerators and denominators. 


    Canapé includes a set of arrows, which can also be typed in when the stylistic set SS04 is activated. 

    Canapé regular

    I love those who yearn for the impossible.

    Canapé Italic

    Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.

    Canapé Bold

    The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

    Canapé Bold Italic

    Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

    Additional Links

    Type Specimen PDF

    Canapé in Use

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