Whether utilised for stretching out with a good book, cuddling up for movie night or simply just enjoying some good quality scrolling time, sofas are one of the most hard-working — and most used — furniture pieces in the home. Making sure your sofa is both impeccably made and beautiful to look at will ensure it lasts the distance. From rounded, organic forms to sleek and pragmatic shapes, here are some stylish sofa designs to consider.
Pukka sofa by Yabu Pushelberg for Ligne Roset
Pleasingly bulbous, the Pukka sofa and seating collection fills the space via its soft organic form. In designing this collection, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg built on the design tradition originated by Gaetano Pesce and his famous sponge-inspired armchair, to create pieces that both envelop the user in cushioned comfort, and spring back perfectly to their original form. Rendered in ultra-flexible foams and available in a variety of finishes, we’re particularly drawn to the white bouclé for its resemblance to a puffy cloud.
Available from Ligne Roset
Strips sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex
While she originally designed it in 1972, Cini Boeri’s Strips seating system for Arflex remains one of the most innovative options available today. The Strips’ most unique characteristic is its removable quilted cover, it comes with comfortable built-in padding, positioned on a wooden frame. Available in a variety of fabrications including sumptuous velvet and timeless leather, the Strips sofa is the epitome of versatility blended with wow-factor.
Available from Studio Italia
Costume sofa by Stefan Diez for Magis
Aiming to rethink the traditional sofa system, Stefan Diez designed a modular set that can be easily assembled and disassembled by the user to suit a huge variety of interiors. Industrial and cube-like in appearance, the Costume sofa can be placed in the centre of the room like an oversized ottoman or daybed, or arranged in a more traditional configuration. With a focus on circularity, the base is made from recycled polyurethane (and can be recycled again at the end of its lifetime), and the detachable portions can be cleaned or replaced individually, offering a seating system that evolves easily with the fluctuations of life.
Available from ECC
Tufty Time sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia
An instantly recognisable sofa, the Tufty Time is renowned for its utmost attention to comfort. Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola created a versatile seating system that is beloved for its sprawling size, abundant seating space and plush materials. Joining together in large square blocks (reminiscent of mammoth cushions), Tufty Time can be arranged to create a finished product of any size and shape, whether that be an ottoman, a corner sofa, or a contemporary island piece designed for 360-degree seating — perfect for accommodating a house full of guests.
Available from Matisse
Collective Modular sofa by Cameron Foggo for Nonn
Pragmatic yet refined, the Collective sofa is assured in its uncomplicated form. It has been designed to sit off the ground presenting a sense of lightness, while offering a substantial base with plentiful upholstery to relax into, making it the perfect pairing for an elegant, minimalist home. It’s the unique feather and foam upholstery techniques that make it a challenge to abandon after having been sat or stretched out upon; especially when its modular nature allows it to be configured harmoniously for ultimate ease and comfort.
Available from Simon James
Dhow sofa by Andrei Munteanu for Giorgetti
Fans of understated luxury will be taken by the effortless elegance of Andrei Munteanu’s Dhow sofa for Giorgetti. Another modular set that allows for ultimate ease of arranging, this sofa is available in leather or fabric upholstery and encompasses both structure and softness in its form, meaning it is both comfortable and supportive.
Available from ECC
Copen sofa by Tim Webber
A minimalist’s ultimate statement piece, Tim Webber’s Copen sofa harnesses functionality, comfortability and distinction. The modular design is perpetually customisable; with its feather and foam upholstery, solid walnut or oak trim, and sleek form, it encompasses both linear and round silhouettes. The rounded arm, one of the Copen’s key defining features, was inspired by the interior of Copenhagen’s Round Tower, and its curving shape is both a unique design feature and a comfortable support on which to rest.
Available from Tim Webber Design
George sofa by Linteloo
Inspired by the sophisticated yet relaxed quality of life led around the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, the George sofa has an airiness that ensures it won’t take over the room. Resting on delicate, fine legs, it still manages to be supportive and inviting, thanks to a high back and generously-sized cushions, plus its shape can be modulated to fit any space. Dutch designer, and founder of Linteloo, Jan te Lintelo holds the concept of ‘easy living’ at the centre of his sensibility, and it is absolutely evident in this elegant yet approachable sofa.
Available from ECC