A design that grew from an inquisitiveness about how behaviour is changing on public furniture, where people are now inclined to be working or engaging with media on personal devices. Rochester creates a comfortable enclosure for the user, a place for a little privacy.
The design language is strict and formal, but comfort has also been made a priority. The sofa frame sits on a wooden plinth, with a small gap recessed between the two elements for visual lightness. For lumber support, a triangular wedge cushion is designed into the back of the seat. A piping detail on the upholstery parts and a gentle chamfer on all the inside edges of the feet show the attention to detail in the design.
An accompanying ottoman follows the same language as the sofa, but is slightly firmer so it can be used as a seat, foot rest or a side table. Made from a solid beech frame with 7mm square solid oak edging on the veneered side and back panels. The frame has zig-zag springs, jute webbing, hessian straps and is covered with a mix of materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. The plinth base is made from oak.
Made to order in Norfolk, England.
Available in a wide range of other fabrics and leathers.
H 96 W 126 D 80 cm
Made to order - Lead time 6-8 weeks.
Leather/Fabric: 10msq/ 9m
Price from £3,791
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.