Ghisolfa Sofa by Raffaella Mangiarotti

Ghisolfa sofa by Raffaella Mangiarotti for IOC Project Partners

Ghisolfa is a seating system for individual moments or for private sharing, ideal for offering a protected micro-environment in the most open spaces. The armchair or the sofa can be coupled at the front to create more isolated and complete spaces. The thickness of the ribbed upholstery and the fabric give these seats a high sound absorption coefficient, making them ideal for holding meetings in total comfort. The characteristic embracing profile,the curved shape above the seat with the soft cushions increase the internal comfort by offering more room to the body therein contained. The new low-back sofa and armchair guarantee the same comfort of the seating but at the same time allow to have a look to the surrounding environment.

Winner NYCxDESIGN Awards – New York 2019.
Winner GOOD DESIGN Awards – Chicago 2019.
Honoree Best of Year Awards – New York 2019.

via Architonic

#3 of the Big Sofa Book .


Filo Sofa by Barber & Osgerby

  Filo Sofa by Barber & Osgersby

Filo sofa
Year 2009
Client Private Commission
Manufacturer Cappellini
This private commission had two simple requirements; to design a sofa that was both large and comfortable. The looseness of this brief allowed scope for considerable creative freedom.

“A Must Have Sofa” I thought when creating this post.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

founded their East London studio in 1996, after studying architecture together at the Royal College of Art. For more than two decades their work has challenged the boundaries of design in this country and abroad, while their commitment to lecturing, workshops and studio practice supports the development of new generations of designers.

The strength of Barber and Osgerby’s creative partnership has led to collaborations with some of the world’s most progressive companies and a diversity of output that encompasses architecture, interiors, sculpture, product and exhibition design, from the iconic Loop Table (1996) for Isokon and Soft Work (2018) for Vitra, to the 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of London Underground. In 2017 Phaidon published a new monograph – Barber Osgerby, Projects – covering the designers first twenty years of practice.

#2 of the Big Sofa Book.


Pipeline Sofa by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen

Pipeline Sofa by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen

for Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik A/S. Design from 1984.

Foersom and Hiort-Lorenzen is a Danish design duo consisting of Johannes Foersom (born 1947) and Peter Hiort-Lorenzen (born 1943). They have collaborated since 1977 and won a number of awards for their furniture design.

Foersom trained to become a cabinetmaker with Gustav Berthelsen in Copenhagen, completing his apprenticeship in 1969. He then attended the Arts and Crafts School from where he graduated in 1972.

Hiort-Lorenzen became a ship carpenter at Helsingør Shipyard in 1962. He then attended the Arts and Crafts School, from where he graduated in 1965, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts graduating in 1968.

via Wikipedia

Recently Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik A/S was acquired by Fredericia, but they will remain two labels.

#1 of the Big Sofa Book


Big Sofa Book

The Big Sofa Book

Surprise Surprise: A week after I received the book  More than 999 new and forgotten (arm) chairs, I received The Big Sofa Book from Peter van Zoetendaal. Thank you, Peter!

Another 1,000 or so sofas to feature here.

And you know what? Each time I try to source an armchair or sofa I discover one or two more Armchairs or sofas I’d never heard of to show here……So be prepared to see another 2 to 4,000 chairs and/or sofas featured here. Imagine ultimately leading to 10,000 pieces of seating furniture and related matters featured here.

I’ll number the sofas I take from the Big Sofa Book and wil add them to the new Big Sofa Book category.