Barbarella Sofa

I collect vintage interior design/decorating books, and a particular favorite I found at a university library sale: Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating, published in 1972. The first picture you see as you flip through its sepia tinged pages is of a sunken living room, resembling a cave, with white fur covering almost every surface, from the floor to the walls to the ceiling. It’s so far over-the-top that I love it, that is what was so fun about decorating in the Seventies!

Imagine my surprise as I was shopping around this morning to find this amazing sofa from cheeky design firm Moooi. If you happen to have a sunken living room, I highly suggest you purchase this sofa in conjunction with several yards of faux fur to complete this designer look. The link below provides some inforamtion with more to come.

A look at the cover shot for Bloomingdales Book of Home Decorating:

sunken%20livingroom.jpg Anyone else think the “window” looks trompe’loie?

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Couchoid Studio Sofa

Blu Dot is one of those companies who can’t seem to misstep; every product they introduce becomes an instant favorite of mine. The new Couchoid upholstery group is no exception. A recessed chrome base makes the solid sofa appear to float, and the dense seat, back, and arms have just enough detail to avoid looking like a big block of foam. The only problem is that I don’t think any pillows would look good on this, so let’s hope it’s as comfortable as it is striking.

Hardwood frame, high density foam. Upholstered in a leather alternative in dark brown,
white, or robin’s egg blue with contrasting stitching.

H 28″ (Seat height 15″) x W 75″ x D 34″ (Seat depth 24″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1399.00
Availability: Buy Couchoid Studio Sofa here

Vega Chaise, Sofa & Ottoman

“The Vega Collection (2005) provides a unique solution for environments used for socializing, lounging and sleeping. Created by designers Busk & Hertzog, Vega consists of a multifunctional Sofa, Chaise and Ottoman. When a larger Sofa is needed, the Chaise and Ottoman are ready to oblige; slide the pieces together to create the required size. Should a sectional be in order, three or more pieces can be quickly combined. For further flexibility, the arm of the sofa can be positioned on either side and changed on a whim. The Sofa and Chaise transform into comfortable sleepers by sliding the seats – which rest on metal bases with internal tracks – and folding down the backs. Use a flat sheet for best fit. Two down pillows are included with the Sofa and one with the Chaise. Made in Denmark.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,700.00
Availability: Buy Vega Chaise, Sofa & Ottoman here

Pierrot Sofa Sleeper

This is a great execution of a sleeper sofa with a 77.5″ x 47″ sleeping area. Not only is it easy to convert from day to night mode, but it is also has a removable slip cover.

“In 2004, the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design awarded the Pierrot Sleeper its Good Design Award, an international recognition of innovative product design.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,698
Availability: Buy Pierrot Sofa Sleeper here

Standard Sofa

This is a great little sofa with perfect proportions. It’s also on sale.

• Lightweight kiln-dried solid hardwood frame
• Dense foam core cushions wrapped in soft poly batting
• Flexolator spring system
• 6″ solid aluminium removable legs
• Plush microfiber
• Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $999
Availability: Buy Standard Sofa here


You can’t beat this sofa bed for the price.

“In spite of its minimalist looks it offers excellent comfort, thanks to high quality filling and wooden slats in the seat. Roomy and comfortable while not taking up too much space. Even more surprising is the ease with which the sofa converts into a double bed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $998
Availability: Buy VENTURE Sofa Bed here

Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius

I love this sofa.
“In Holland Polder refers to the artificial land reclaimed from the sea by means of dikes and drainage canals. The corpus of the Polder Sofa is just as low-lying, just as flat, and with just as much emphasis on the horizontal. For it Hella Jongerius chose five carefully selected combinations of colours and fabric qualities, accentuating them with high-tech threads and large buttons made of natural materials.” Materials: wooden frame with belt upholstery, backrest cushions: polyurethane chips and microfibres, textured surface and seat cushion: polyurethane foam and polyester wool, armrest with sand weights, buttons made of natural materials.
Available in with left-hand armrest or right-hand armrest Available in two sizes: XL and XXL
XXL H 30.75t; x L 131 x D 39.25

Purchase Information:

Price: $8,750
Availability: Buy Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius here

Anna Loveseat

I thought this was noteworthy because it is extremely affordable. Also, the upholstery is felted wool and not some of the cheaper upholstery you might expect on an economical choice such as the Anna Loveseat.

“Anna is an enigma, part dramatic, part pragmatic yet fully sophisticated. Sleek, urban design features a low profile that surrounds you with dense foam cushions and soft felted wool. Attached cushions. Durable hardwood frames with chrome legs.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $498
Availability: Buy Anna Loveseat here

Blackjack Sectional

“It’s the conversation pits. Three easy modular pieces— armless chair, corner seat, ottoman—rubik’s cube their way into endless scenarios in no-show, can’t-miss black. Build a 4-piece pit: you can hang out for the whole weekend and never leave. Same height corner backs have a cozy sheltering effect. Thick, comfy cushions have a clean top-stitch detail at the edge. (Great asset: rubber-capped feet keep pieces in place on hardwood floors, and won’t scratch.)”
• Kiln-dried solid hardwood frame
• Steel sinuous wire seating
• Poly foam cushioning with fiber wrapping
• 100% unbrushed cotton with top-stitching
• Removable, adjustable, legs with no-skid rubber
• Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $299-$1596
Availability: Buy Blackjack Sectional here

Juno Sofa

This sofa is custom made with your own fabric. You provide 8 or 9 yards of your favorite material (depending on if you choose the 2 or 3 seater) and 8 to 16 weeks later, you get your sofa.

“Frame of chromium-plated steel. Upholstered hardwood frame, upholstery of polyurethane with padding. Cover of fabric (removable).

Juno looks good from every angle. lt thus deserves to be placed in a dominant position: free-standing in the room and accessible from all sides. You can even sit on the wide backrest.

The sofa thus becomes a spontaneous, communicative meeting place.The single loose cushion creates an interesting asymmetry – and it is always there as an armrest where it is needed.”

Two Seat Sofa: COM 8 yds. W 59 D 36 H 26 SH 15 $5,995
Three Seat Sofa: COM 9 yds. W 86.7 D 36 H 26 SH 15 (+$1500.00)

Free shipping in the US.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5,995
Availability: Buy Juno Sofa here

Kramfors Sofa

There has been a lot of talk about the new Ikea collection but this is one of the first things that just doesn’t shout “I’m from the Swedish ubiquitous retailer!”. And what’s most exciting is that the cover is removable (dry clean only, but that’s better than nothing). If nothing else, you can take the cover to an upholsterer and have it reproduced in a different color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $699
Availability: Buy Kramfors Sofa here

Duplex Sofa

This is my favorite sofa shape and here it is for less than a grand.

Lightweight kiln-dried solid hardwood frame
• Mortise-and-tenon joinery
• Dense foam core cushions wrapped in soft poly batting
• Flexolator ® spring system
• 6″ solid brushed aluminum stiletto legs
• Plush microfiber
• Made in USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $999
Availability: Buy Duplex Sofa here

Theatre Sofa

This sofa is touted as modern AND comfortable.

“Theatre’s comfort stems from its well-made form rather than excessive layers of stuffing and upholstery. The gentle angle of the backrest, full seat depth and elevated armrests are eminently suited to a formal living room or reception area.”

Honestly, I don’t think you need to feel like you’re being excessive about spending $2500 on a sofa. Good furniture is expensive to make. It will probably outlast you. Think about it. If you have it for the next 40 years, that’s only $67 a year.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2498
Availability: Buy Theatre Sofa here

Cinema Sofa

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Availability: Buy Cinema Sofa here

Bantam and Bottoni Sofas

Right now you can take advantage of the summer sale frenzy by buying yourself that new sofa that you’ve been meaning to purchase. Here are two excellent style/shapes for very excellent prices.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,398
Availability: Buy Bantam and Bottoni Sofas here

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