Ghisolfa Sofa by Raffaella Mangiarotti

Ghisolfa sofa by Raffaella Mangiarotti for IOC Project Partners

#3 of the Big Sofa Book (Very difficult to decode the handwriting of Peter Zoetendaal…easy if you know what is written ;-))

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


Moved, new Theme, new Header and 14nth Anniversary

I have moved the site to another hosting company, a Dutch hosting company VDX NL. In addition I have chosen another theme and another header photo the Filo Sofa. Unfortunately the sofa is a one off project, but in my view it is a must have!

April 30, 2007, I started this blog, not anticipating how many chairs I would be able to feature. More than 5,000 already and going strong. Not paying attention to the real ugly or middle of the road ones….

14 years is the age of a grownup Teenager. I am 5 times older myself, but like to tell everybody who wants to know my mind and attitude stopped aging after my 14nth Birthday.


Baxter Sofa by Draga and Aurel

Baxter Sofa by Draga and Aurel
Baxter Sofa by Draga and Aurel
Hora Barneveld is a Dutch furniture shop that sells Baxter seating by Baxter Italia and designed by Draga & Aurel for Baxter Made in Italy

Founded in 2007 in the town of Como, Italy, Draga & Aurel is a multi-disciplinary design studio that works along the spectrum of furniture, textile and interior design.

Draga Obradovic began her career in the fashion industry, first working in London and Milan as a textile designer before eventually settling in Como. Aurel K. Basedow graduated from Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti with a degree in Fine Arts, having previously trained as a carpenter and woodworker.

Thanks to their sympathetic methods, combined with an artist’s approach to material and composition Draga & Aurel are widely recognized for their clever reinvention of bespoke vintage design pieces. Their showing at 2009’s Salone del Mobile introduced the duo to the world stage; it followed the partnerships with Italian leather manufacturer Baxter, wallpaper brand Wall&Deco, the major American fashion retailer Anthropologie and the Italian luxury furniture company Visionnaire.

Filo Sofa by Barber & Osgerby

  Filo Sofa by Barber & Osgersby

#2 of the Big Sofa Book.

I’m glad I had featured two of their chairs already.

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.


Pipeline Sofa by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen

Pipeline Sofa by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen

#1 of the Big Sofa Book
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.

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