Seat suc­cess

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Is there any other piece of liv­ing room fur­ni­ture that has proved its worth more than the sofa? The linch­pin of the liv­ing room, the sofa is where we re­treat to when we want to un­wind. That makes com­fort a pre­req­ui­site. Why suf­fer in the name of style? Why in­deed, ask Nor­we­gian de­sign duo An­der­ssen & Voll, who de­scribe their Com­pose sofa for Mu­uto as a “sculp­tural study” in how to com­pose a “com­modi­ous yet so­phis­ti­cated” sofa us­ing the sim­plest of el­e­ments: seat, back and arm­rests. Their solution? “We added ex­tra depth to the seat while main­tain­ing a pure and el­e­gant over­all look, al­low­ing Com­pose to in­duce ev­ery­day bliss.”

Of course, com­fort is not limited to so­fas. Signe Bind­slev Hen­rik­sen and Peter Bundgaard Rüt­zou, the founders of Space Copen­hagen, de­signed the Fly lounge chair for &Trad­tion with “ul­ti­mate com­fort” in mind (cue loose cush­ions that you can ar­range to suit your per­sonal pref­er­ences). Fly looks good, too, pay­ing trib­ute to a Nordic aes­thetic with its slat­ted back, hand­crafted solid oak frame and or­ganic shape.

“We like the idea that com­fort comes first,” says &tra­di­tion brand man­ager Martin Korn­bek Hansen. “The Fly chair is a mod­ern de­sign that en­com­passes clas­sic wood­work­ing tech­niques, draw­ing on the beauty of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, [and is] des­tined to age grace­fully over time.”

Philippe Starck agrees that com­fort is cru­cial; life-chang­ing even. Of his Cine­mas­cope arm­chair for Dri­ade, the French de­signer says: “If all pres­i­dents and kings in the world had an ex­cep­tion­ally com­fort­able arm­chair like Cine­mas­cope, can you imag­ine how their ideas, con­ver­sa­tions and decisions would change? Cine­mas­cope is the arm­chair that can save the world.”

Starck and Space Copen­hagen are not the only de­sign­ers to fo­cus on com­fort. Piero Lis­soni has launched an arm­chair ver­sion of his pop­u­lar Du­mas sofa for Liv­ing Di­vani. Invit­ing you to linger for longer, the low back­rest with its soft cush­ion is con­nected to a gen­tly curved arm­rest in a ges­ture of sim­plic­ity that epit­o­mises the style of the de­signer.

Philippe Starck’s Cine­mas­cope arm­chair for Dri­ade

Piero Lis­soni

Piero Lis­soni de­buted an arm­chair ver­sion of his Du­mas sofa for Liv­ing Di­vani at imm Cologne

Space Copen­hagen de­signed the Fly lounge chair for &Trad­tion

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