A short list of beautifully designed contemporary sofas

Whilst researching for furniture for the interior reception area of an office design, I came across these stunning designs! Now that I have found them, I thought I would share them with you!

The first few are curved designs, which I needed to fit within a sunken meeting area, however there are also some that would be ideal for either a reception space or within a domestic setting.

Circle Sofa by Ben Van Berkel

Stunning curved sofa designed by Ben van Berkel, manufactured by Walter Knoll

The Circle sofa designed by Ben van Berkel, is made up of four parts – two parts creating a semicircle, all four parrts creating the  fully circular sculptural sofa. The slope of the back and the seating area form an unbroken flow from sitting upright to lying in relaxation. The height is the only thing that remains constant.

The open circle, consisting of three parts, allows access, and creates its own small environment with seating in the inner circle. By adding sections and changing the configuration, the sweeping curves allows one to sit on the outside, in the outer circle. The sofa comes in a range of colour combinations – both subtle and bold, making it suitable for both domestic and commercial spaces. I love the sexy, sculptural lines and the clever system of raising and lowering the back to allow for variety and flexibility from this system to suit the space it is in.

Ben van Berkel is  Co Founder and Principal Architect of UNStudio (link to Product Design and Circle Sofa). For inspiration and information about some incredible Architecture and Design, their website is well worth a visit UNStudio Projects.

Available to buy from Style Park and further information on Circle Sofa and many other beautiful pieces of furniture from Walter Knoll’s website.

C-Lounge Sofa by Dima Loginoff Designs

Curvy, organic C-Lounge Sofa by Dima Loginoff Design

Please see my related post on Dima Loginoff Designs for more information about the C-Lounge Sofa and other furniture and Interior Designs.

Canape Ruche Sofa by Inga Sempe

Canape Ruche sofa designed by Inga Sempe for Ligne Roset.

I love the texture offered by Inga Sempe‘s Canape Ruche sofa for Ligne Roset. I first discovered this beautiful, simple sofa design in LivingEtc Magazine’s, January 2011 Issue, and fell in love with it. The sofa shown in Living Etc. was in a hot pink fabric, although there is something quite sophisticated about the delicate grey/blue version shown here.

Image source: Trend Hunter.com

The Moel Sofa for Ligne Roset, 2007. Another simple, elegant design to introduce form and texture to an interior. Both the Moel and the Canape Ruche sofas are designed with fabric that envelops.

Image source: an interview with Inga Sempe from Design Boom

Inga Sempe is a French designer, born in Paris. She graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Paris) in 1993. Sempés wide portfolio comprises furniture, lighting, objects and fabric designs. She has worked with george sowden (1989), with marc newson (6 months in 1994) and andrée putman (ca. two years 1997-99), before opening her own studio in paris  (2000). From 2000-2001 she held a scholarship at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome.

Inga Sempe has worked on a number of important  collaborations over the years, including with the Italian companies Cappellini and Edra and now also for French companies such as Ligne Roset, Moustache, Domestic, Baccarat; Italian enterprises like LucePlan as well as scandinavian companies such as David Design, Hjelle, Almedahl’s, and the american company Artecnica. She was awarded the Grand Prix de la Création en design de la ville de Paris in 2003. She also held a solo exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs of Paris in 2003. She currently lives and works in Paris.

Boutique Sofas, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Boutique leather sofa, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Boutique Sophy sofa, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Boutique Kimono sofa, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi. Side view showing kimono fabric detail on side of sofa.

Boutique Kimono sofa, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Boutique Hallingdal, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

I love this stunning collection of Boutique sofas from Moooi. This stunning, stylishly simple and clever design by Marcel Wanders allows the buyer to choose from a range of style combinations – including 18 fabric covers, 4 sets of legs and even 3 matching blanket designs. The Boutique range also includes a single armchair, a corner group sofa or a 2/3 seater sofa. The images I have included above are my favourites from the collection, but please go to Moooi’s website for more and while you are there – look at their collection of gorgeous lights, storage, tables, seats and other accessories.

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a product and interior designer. He became an Internationally known in 1996 with the success of his knotted chair produced by Droog Design.

Marcel Wanders graduated from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. He opened his own studio in Amsterdam in 1995. Six years later, in 2001 he co-founded the successful design label Moooi, and continues working as the art director. Marcel Wanders is now a celebrated success, designing for global brands and high end furniture companies such as B&B Italia, Puma, Cappellini, Bisazza, Poliform, KLM -Royal Dutch Airlines, Flos, Magis, Google, Target, Baccarat and more recently Christofle and M.A.C Cosmetics. Marcel also works on architectural and interior design projects, such as the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami, the Villa Moda Flagship store in Bahrain, as well as private residences in Amsterdam, Mallorca and Jakarta. In 2010 Marcel Wanders and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced their collaboration, together with Aedes Real Estate, on a new hotel project; the Andaz Amsterdam hotel.

Many of Marcel Wanders’ designs have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Decorative Arts Copenhagen and various Droog Design exhibitions. In 2007 Marcel presented a unique and personal collection at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan. In late 2009-2010, Marcel Wanders’ first solo-exhibition titled Daydreams was featured in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Marcel Wanders has won numerous awards for his designs and interiors and has featured in magazines and articles throughout the world in high profile publications such as Domus, Interni, Blueprint, Design Report, Frame, I.D. magazine, Abitare, Wallpaper, Nylon and Elle decoration, to name but a few.

‘Marcel Wanders, the design world’s favorite star’ – the Washington Post, April 2003.

“Marcel Wanders’ studio is one of the most inspiring powerhouses of multi disciplinary design active today” – The Observer, September 2005.

“Marcel Wanders and the Moooi company he co-owns have made contemporary Dutch design synonymous with exuberant creativity” – The Financial Times, September 2005

Happy Sofa, 2011. Designed by Roger Persson for Swedese

Happy Sofa, 2011. Designed by Roger Persson for Swedese

Happy Sofa designed by Roger Persson for Swedese. This sofa shows the high back option.

I love the Happy Sofa from Swedese, it has sleek clean lines with gentle sexy curves to soften the shape, quite reminiscent of the shapes around in the 1950’s but brought into the 21st century through the use of 21st Century fabrics and materials.

Upholstered in fabrics and leathers of the collection, with stainless steel sled legs. Available with high or low back.

Roger Persson

Roger Persson defines his designs as ‘A game with lines and curves‘, and anyone who sees his furniture knows what he means. He adds soft surfaces and forms to an otherwise sleek, geometric, modern aesthetic. Roger Persson is one of Swedese’s best-selling designers. His furniture is beautiful and functional whilst also comfortable, practical, and with it’s stylish simplicity suits all types of environments.

Roger Persson was born in 1967 in Karlskrona, he trained as an industrial designer at HDK in Gothenburg and also studied furniture design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After studying, he initiated the design studio Stilpolisen in collaboration with Lina Odhe and Cecilia Stoop. Since 2009 he has been running his own studio, Roger Persson Design, designing mainly furniture and lighting, but he has also turned his hand to other products, such as switches and 3D-scanners to toys and doors.

Roger Persson’s furniture has been exhibited all over Europe, in Japan and the USA and in 1999 he was an award winner at a furniture competition in Awasaki, Japan.

Information and images sourced from:

twentytwentyone – is an online store that sell furniture, lighting and accessories by inspirational 20th and 21st century designers.

Roger Persson Design – Roger Persson’s website with information about the designer, his products, and recent news.

Swedese – Swedese is a classic Swedish furniture producer with a strong anchor in both the public and domestic domain. Swedese’s ideals are to create beautiful furniture for the future, which build on the foundations of Scandinavian modern traditions, designed by forward-looking designers who share in the timeless ideals of architecture.


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