A design that re-interprets the sofa typology. It is inspired by the simplicity of the hammock, the possibilities of strong industrial fabrics and the tactile elegance of high fashion. Kurrein felt that a modern sofa is often expected to contain strong lines and a firmness that goes against what fabrics naturally do, which is to move, crease, fold and bend.
By working with a sewing machine and scale models only, she has created a design that works with the natural behaviour of fabric, rather than against it. The design has a solid oak frame, a sprung drop seat and cylindrical oak legs, which extend upwards to the height of the back and become the frame supports. Placed over the supports is a pure cotton canvas, creating a sling for the densely filled duck feather seat and back cushions. The sofa has an unfamiliar visual language, is exceptionally comfortable and very easy to clean.
Lucy Kurrein has created a boundary pushing sofa, one which befits her inquisitive, single-minded approach to design.
Made to order in Norfolk, England.
Available in a wide range of other fabrics and leathers.
W 235 x H 77 x D 66 x Seat H 45 cm
Made to order - Lead time 6-8 weeks.
Leather/Fabric: 14msq/ 8msq
Price from £3,508
Sofa in Sight
A collection that explores ideas in modern upholstery making through six different sofas.
Designs by Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic, Faudet-Harrison, Matthew Hilton, Lucy Kurrein and Terence Woodgate.
The sofa is a piece of furniture rooted in Western culture, in ideas of comfort and in thoughts about the modern home. How did the typology come into being? How are they made? What is their future? We wondered how six very different designers would respond to exactly the same brief: Create a new sofa design using our specialist upholstery making factory in Norfolk, where we only use renewable materials, traditional techniques and highly skilled craftsmen.
With thanks to world-leading textile company Kvadrat for supplying the fabrics and to Farrow for selecting the colour scheme.