Avery Janella. Sofa. November 17th , 2017.
Remember your grandmother’s Chesterfield couch? Its old-fashioned floral fabric and frills may have put you off, but those buttons were a nifty design feature. Well, now you can have your own updated version. The Star System of modern sofas shown here were designed by Enrico Buscemi and Piergiorgio Leone and presented at the Milan Furniture Fair. They are part of the Giovannetti Collezioni, known for its innovative furniture design. It is easy to see why they called their collection the Star System, because those buttons are reminiscent of stars at night.
Lawson Sofa. The fourth type of sofa on our list is attributed to Thomas W. Lawson, an American businessman and author who commissioned the model for extra comfort. The first Lawson sofa in history came with a back layered in pillows and overstuffed. Today, you can recognize a Lawson by three back cushions and arms lower than the back (slightly rolled or square). But expect to see many different models on the market. You can find textile and leather finishes and various embedded materials, including metal and wood.
Patchwork is most often associated with quilts. Once a craft born out of economic necessity, patchwork quilts still enjoy widespread popularity. However, British designer Lisa Whatmough of Squint Limited has adapted the patchwork technique as upholstery material for her fun and funky bespoke furniture line. Just one of her chic furniture pieces will brighten up any dark corner. These are extraordinarily vivid focal pieces.
Chesterfield Sofa. Dating to the 18th century, the Chesterfield sofa has an interesting story behind it. The fourth Earl of Chesterfield, England, is said to have been the first to commission one, specifically requesting a furniture element that would allow a man to sit upright comfortably so his suit would not wrinkle. The Chesterfield became a symbol of noble sophistication, and it hasn’t lost its intricate charm. This style is defined by its use of leather, rolled arms, a back the same height as the arms, tufting for a quilted effect and no back cushions.
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