Designers looked far and wide for inspiration to create the sofas in our latest drop, modelling them on everything from croissants to sleeper train bunks and Pop Art paintings. And with sustainability becoming ever more of a concern, big-name brands including Hay and Magis have made a point of incorporating recycled and recyclable materials into their designs. That way, you can keep even the most eco-conscious clients happy.
Lissoni Sofa by Piero Lissoni for Fritz Hansen
In 2006, Fritz Hansen collaborated with Italian architect Piero Lissoni to create a couch that looks equally beautiful from all angles. The result was the Lissoni sofa with its clean lines and sleek metal frame. Originally conceived as a two and three-seater, the design has been reimagined in two more compact sizes, allowing it to fit into tighter spaces. Plus, its stainless steel base can now be powder-coated for an even more tailor-made finished.
Chester Sofa by Lex Pott for Puik
Rotterdam designer Lex Pott, who recently rose to Insta-fame with his Twist Candle, has modernised the classic Chesterfield sofa for Dutch label Puik. He stripped away any superfluous details to emphasise the sculptural, geometric silhouette – gone are the tufted backrest with its deep-set buttons, the nailhead trim and the scroll arms. What remains is a cuboid base topped with a cylinder, that extends to form both the back and armrests, while the traditional leather upholstery is replaced with vibrant textiles available in 11 different colours.
Croissant 3 Seater Sofa by Illum Wikkelsø
Good enough to eat, the Croissant sofa created by Danish architect and designer Illum Wikkelsø in 1962 is distinguished by its crescent-shaped backrest and distinctive folds, reminiscent of the titular French pastry. Now, Gubi has resurrected the seating design with hand-stitched flat-piping and a few crucial tweaks, including a three centimetre higher backrest and softer cushioning to provide additional support.
Costume by Stefan Diez for Magis Design
As part of his first collaboration with Italian brand Magis, German industrial designer Stefan Diez has developed a completely new sofa construction method. This new technique does not require the constituent elements to be permanently fused together and relies almost entirely on recyclable materials. The Costume two-seater is made from waste polyethylene foam sourced from the car and furniture industry and is held together not by glue or staples but by its fabric cover, which is fastened using tension belts.
Couchette by LucidiPevere for La Cividina
Design duo LucidiPevere modelled this sofa for La Cividina on the couchette berths found in overnight trains. Much like these economical sleeper carriages feature seats that can be converted into simple, padded bunks, the couch has a compact, modular design that can be combined with 38 different units to form seating arrangements that suit any space. A reinforced frame and added accessories from coat hooks to tables and USB plugs makes the sofa ideal for use in commercial spaces and offices.
Intermede by Maurizio Manzoni
for Roche Bobois
Hopping on the chubby furniture trend, French interiors brand Roche Bobois has released the Intermede soda with its plump upholstery and generous curves. Set on a fir wood and pine plywood frame, the couch can be customised to offer standard or firm support and finished in a plush, wool-mix fabric called Orsetto. Armrests are optional and can be attached using a black metal bracket that contrasts with the design’s soft tactility.
Arbour 2 Seater by Andreas Engesvik and Daniel Rybakken for Hay
The Arbour two-seater from Hay combines contract-use certified durability with sustainability through its frame made of FSC oak, walnut or beech wood. This elegant, almost architectural frame is coloured using water-based lacquers rather than ones made from crude oil, and even the upholstery is made from EU-Ecolabelled textiles. All of Arbours components were designed to be disassembled, repaired and ultimately recycled.
hm45b Juno by Hitch Milyus
British furniture maker Hitch Mylius has unveiled the hm45 Juno, a sofa with a distinctive, curved backrest. The versatile design lends itself just as well to hospitality and residential spaces as it does to offices, and can be upholstered in a vast selection of fabrics and leathers. Highly customisable, it also comes with different leg options, from oak to stainless steel that’s been powder-coated or plated in polished brass, copper, chrome or bonze.
Bam! by Chris Martin for Massproductions
With its clear, graphic profile, the Bam! Sofa looks as if was lifted straight from a Roy Lichtenstein painting. Massproductions founder Chris Martin designed the product as an homage to the Pop Art movement, substituting armrests for pillows filled with goose and duck feathers, which were sourced from old down products and subsequently sterilised. To further reduce its carbon footprint, the design is delivered flat-packed with simple assembly instructions.
Cricket Sofa by Anki Gneib for Varaschin
Hardwearing, synthetic fibre is twisted into cords and hand-woven around a curved aluminium frame to create this two-seater by Italian outdoor furniture brand Varaschin. The metal is powder-coated to a simple monochrome finish, while the rope is available in brown, white and sandy beige. Either let the vertical weave detail take the centre of attention or top with a back cushion for added comfort.