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11-Apr-08
Most Comfortable Sofa...
I am looking for a sofa that looks fantastic that I can sit and watch the whole Godfather series... or Star Wars series ... or ... you get the point. What sofa is great for a movie room, is comfortable, and will look fantastic too?
posted by sammyman
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11-Apr-08
posted by Antonella
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12-Apr-08
Least comfortable...
Irving Harper's Marshmellow sofa vs. Charles and Ray Eames' Sofa Compact.

What'd'ya think?
posted by barrympls
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12-Apr-08
Togo by Ligne Roset


My friend has these, they truly are incredibly comfortable, perfect for lounging.

SUPER COMFORT!!!!






posted by the_beloved
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12-Apr-08
I like the Ligne Roset...
I like the Ligne Roset chairs. Also I've read that the manufacturer uses environmentally friendly methods of production which is a good thing.

Between them I think that Malmo is suitable for a movie room best, as it is more compact and solid, and it doesn't get messy.

posted by Antonella
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13-Apr-08
Qualifier
I thought you had qualified it with "looks fantastic"- those Ligne Roset sofas may be comfortable, but they look like some kind of metamorphosing caterpillar. A friend of mine just bought this one and its a-mazing! The shape is a little basic but its really deep and cushy and down filled. I dont love the color she got it in (blue gray) but it comes in a bunch of different colors. I know, I know its from the big red Goliath, but it really is a great sofa. Best of all its not flashy enough to distract from her vintage pieces (she's an eames addict like me :)



http://www.dwr.com/product/categories/seating/sofas/reid-so1...
posted by LuciferSum
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13-Apr-08
If you like it square I...
If you like it square I advise you to get this or a similar one from Driade



http://www.designdictionary.co.uk/en/astori.htm
posted by Antonella
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15-Apr-08
Steelcase
Believe it or not, vintage Steelcase sofas are pretty damn comfortable. They are basically vintage KNoll knock-offs. But they are made extremely well. You can usually find them for 1000-12000 in pretty good shape. I got a free one a reupholstered it and it has turned out great. If you are a mid century junkie who can't afford a Florence KNoll sofa, this is a great item. I am usually opposed to knock offs. I have really enjoyed my Steelcase sofa though. And it is lightyears more comfortable than the Eames sofa I used to own.
posted by whitespike
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16-Apr-08
I've never seen a sofa better...
I've never seen a sofa better than Malmo. Just look how nice, and it isn't boring at all like the other sofas are... I love that...
posted by Antonella
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16-Apr-08
I like whitespike's sofa,...
I like whitespike's sofa, stylish and looks comfortable :-)
posted by luna
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16-Apr-08
Isn't the La Corbusier
sofa comfortable?
posted by barrympls
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16-Apr-08
Corbusier sofa
Not really. The back is EXTREMELY low. You have to kind of sink into the corner for it to work.
posted by whitespike
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16-Apr-08
I think we are guessing too mu...
I think we are guessing too much. We don't know anything about how sammyman's movie room looks like. sammyman post a picture of the room !!
posted by Antonella
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16-Apr-08
I love my Neo...
Comfortable, stylish. There are down-filled duvets over foam cushions. The cotton upholstery is removable for cleaning and simple enough that I'll be able to make my own replacements. An everyman's Citterio Charles.
posted by Olive
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16-Apr-08
How comfortable is the Eames...
How comfortable is the Eames Sofa? I always suspected it was high on looks and low on actual comfort. More like seating for conferring rather than couching.
posted by finch
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17-Apr-08
The Eames sofa
It's not. It's beautiful, but it forces you into one position. There is no laying down on this piece. The seat slopes back, causing you to roll into the corner. The angle of the back and seat makes it difficult to slouch and get cozy. I'd love one for an office.
posted by whitespike
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17-Apr-08
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posted by Antonella
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17-Apr-08
Antonella
That second sofa is pretty scary!

My main thing with a sofa is it's function - comfort for extended periods of time. I'm (im)perfectly American. I need one that can last all the way trough a whole DVD of Lost episodes and a game or two of Mario Kart!

Most modern sofas that "make a bold statement" are too much for me visually (I tend to prefer subtlety) and not enough for me in the comfort department. A sofa should be a visual anchor, something that won't tire your senses, except for the senses that want to be tired - like your weary bones and muscles!

That's why I love Knoll sofas, early Risom, early Nelson, and the like. Rectilinear, simple, comfortable, classic. Things like the Eames, Marshmallow, etc. are great extras to have for the old eyes, but if you had just one ...
posted by whitespike
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17-Apr-08
I'd love a Polder sofa, they...
I'd love a Polder sofa, they had a small red one in my local vitra dealer last year, suprisingly comfortable as well

I'll take a XXXL in green!
posted by pete1979
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17-Apr-08
I would also like to add a co...
I would also like to add a couple of more affordable (albeit not cheap) options:

Recently I visited Crate and Barrel for the first time in 5 years. I was pleasantly suprised with some of their sofa offerings. Their were several attractive, price conscious, seemingly well made options. They all were available is many fabric options as well and were extremely comfortable. The best I've seen in the $1500 range.

Modernica has some great options as well in the 2000-2500 range. The Case Study sofa (not daybed) is my favorite option. Upholstered Modernica furniture does seem to be a bit on the firm side to me personally, but a close friend has a Case Study sofa and over time it has loosened up a bit. The split rail series is firm as hell (too much for my liking), but the Bolander series has the most give ... if that's what you like.


posted by whitespike
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18-Apr-08
Why don't you like today's de...
Why don't you like today's design? I love fat sofas. I think they have become classics immediately. Patricia Urquiola is a serious designer and her designs are great. Why are you all so sceptic about today's items?
posted by Antonella
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18-Apr-08
This Cassina original La Corbusier 2-seater
is the sofa I've decided to buy. it's 100% original, a beautiful carmel leather color and it's gonna be less than $2700.00!

What'd'ya think?
posted by barrympls
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18-Apr-08
Why don't you like today's design?
I don't think it's so much a preference of old stuff over all that is contemporary but rather a compositional preference. The older designs I have seen cited here possess a timeless quality that makes period irrelevant in this discussion. By the way, I like that big caterpillar sofa, but it seems to me like you would need an 800 sq ft room just to make it work or look right.
posted by finch
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18-Apr-08
I love some of today's designers
including Patricia Urquiola. Which sofa of the two you posted did she design? I like the long, red one better, but I sitll don't love it. The Back looks too low and not very comfortable. The one under it (the white frumpy one with a side chaise) it plain ugly. I'm sorry, but I just cannot stand the sight of it.

I also love the Bouroullec brothers and Marcel Wanders. I prefer smaller scaled pieces. Have you seen the Bouroullec's facett series? Lovely sofa.
posted by whitespike
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18-Apr-08
posted by Antonella
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18-Apr-08
Barry
The sofa is nice, good choice, I like the color. I don't remember you mentioning the Corbu as an option. Sounds like your getting a great deal, when do you pick it up?
posted by James
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18-Apr-08
It was also Pierre Jeanneret ...
It was also Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand who designed lc2, but I think they designed in in black and not other colours (I think)
posted by Antonella
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18-Apr-08
Antonella...you're right about whom did the petite's and loveseat
and it's usually only shown in black leathewr, but I know this one is a genuine Cassina; I believe Cassina was the company to offer it in other colors besides black.

I have been searching for a nice, not overpowering sofa to fit in front of the fireplace I don't use. I wanted an Eames Sofa, but at $7000.00 for the 2-seater, it's just out of my price range.

I had thought about others; Knoll or Kjaerholm or jacobsen would be great, but I want luxury without paying for it, so i've been taking my time deciding.

When i saw this cool color, it just jumped out at me, and heck, it'll look great with the stuff I have.
posted by barrympls
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18-Apr-08
i LOVE the corbu in tan. way...
i LOVE the corbu in tan. way better to me than black.
posted by whitespike
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18-Apr-08
barrympls, you've got a nice ...
barrympls, you've got a nice sofa, and if you change your mind about the colour I suppose you can re-colour it in a different shade. A good thing about having the established classics, like lc2, is that they have been tested by other people.

I think that fat sofas are already classics, but they haven't been tested yet by many people. If they prove to be efficient in all the important functional aspects other than being cool, I think they will become established as well. They look strong; I hope they don't break or get damaged easily.
posted by Antonella
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19-Apr-08
"if you change your mind about the colour I suppose you can re-colour it in a different shade."???
This i don't quite understand. You're suggesting that I could or should reupholster the LC2 sofa? If the leather wasn't near new, i would be buying it. The leather better last for the rest of my life!
posted by barrympls
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19-Apr-08
You can colour it with some c...
You can colour it with some colouring stuff which you can buy, or you can do it with a range of natural things including tea. Then you put some hair conditioner diluted in plenty of water ... and it comes out nice, fresh, and like if it is new...
posted by Antonella
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19-Apr-08
Antonella
i dont like to disagree with any of my fellow Design addicts but i would not recommend dyeing your own furniture at all.
At the upholstery business that i own, we have guys who have 29 years experience and they dye every thing from bucket seats to outdoor boating seats, and also vinyl
But.... they have years of experience and it is not only difficult to do very messy, the average do it yourself is at a unfair advantage cause of the special leather dying materials that are sold to the trade, i would be afraid to purchase any of the home depot Lowes products, as this is a very difficult and tedious process and should be done by people who have experience in this.
posted by LRF
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19-Apr-08
Yes, but with tea it is easie...
Yes, but with tea it is easier, not messy, and natural. I've done it once, and it has come out really nice.
posted by Antonella
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19-Apr-08
Have no fear...
I wouldn't dream of EVER dyeing leather myself....not me, man.

If I bvuy this sofa, it's because I LOVE the carmel colored leather and i expect it to be in the condition as pictured.

It's a hjolly sight more interesting than the standard black.

You should look at cassinausa.com. They have picture of their furniture in all sorts of colors. The red frame is especially nice.
posted by barrympls
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19-Apr-08
I think the colour
I think the colour is beautiful !

Good choice, Barry :)
posted by robert1960
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19-Apr-08
A lovely sofa in a beautiful...
A lovely sofa in a beautiful colour! Lucky you :-)
posted by luna
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20-Apr-08
It is beautiful... no doubt a...
It is beautiful... no doubt about that... :]

About the colouring, once I put tea on a pair of shoes and it worked nicely. My discovery :)
posted by Antonella
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20-Apr-08
Hrmmm....
Interesting ideas. If I want to dye my couch using neopolitan ice cream should i melt it all at once, or do it in sections? Or is it impractical to use neopolitan as it has three flavors, but my couch only has two cushions? Should I divvy up the cushions between the colors or just scrap the whole thing and go for Rocky Road?

;-D
posted by LuciferSum
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20-Apr-08
What is "neopolitan ice cream...
What is "neopolitan ice cream"?

I wouldn't stain any materials with ice cream anyway, while tea is excellent for the purpose. If you don't believe it, just try it on a piece of fabric or on a pair of shoes that you are prepared to damage (in case it doesn't work) and you'll see that it colours it in a light shade of beige.
posted by Antonella
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21-Apr-08
Barry - Sofa looks...
Barry - Sofa looks fantastic, lovely colour!

Talking of comfort, has anyone sat in a Robin Day 'Forum'?
posted by NickR60
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21-Apr-08
Are you afraid in case Cassin...
Are you afraid in case Cassina get offended because I don't love that colour? :)
posted by Antonella
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21-Apr-08
I surely don't think
Cassina cares, one way or another....and to be honest, neither do I.

I like the camel color...for gosh's sake, that's the reason why I'm buying it.

Have a nice day....
posted by barrympls
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21-Apr-08
We haven't heard back from...

We haven't heard back from Sammyman.
My favorite for viewing movies so far is Olive's Neo. and a close second
is the Polder...but i like a lounge extension.
Mine is a custom built in 1962 left by the previous owners. Fantastic for
film viewing but not fit to print. Giant corner unit, foam and down, covered
in brown wool. A bit 'funky town', but hard to let go.
I can't find a comparable replacement that fits two adults and two large
lounging dogs.
I think i'll get it re-built and new fabric.
I have the original drawings in the house folder. Crazy that you could just
custom build a sofa for a reasonable price in '62. I've had two sofas since
'90 that were not worth saving or bringing to my new home...
posted by rockland
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21-Apr-08
barrympls, I didn't mean to...
barrympls, I didn't mean to upset you . I've just expressed my opinion about the colour of the sofa; that's all.

Another sofa that I suggest is this one by Mario Bellini.

posted by Antonella
edited on 21-Apr-08 06:08 AM  [edit]
 
21-Apr-08
Robert1960
Robert, I tried the Habitat version of the Days Forum just the other day (it's on sale :-)Pretty comfy but does it compare with the original?
posted by luna
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21-Apr-08
Antonella, I want a sofa
whatever you snapped a pix of is not a sofa, but some kind of chaize or daybed.

posted by barrympls
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21-Apr-08
No, look, it gets like that.
No, look, it gets like that.
posted by Antonella
edited on 21-Apr-08 07:19 PM  [edit]
 
21-Apr-08
Hi Luna
Re: Forum sofa

The Forum sofa is great.. I have no problem with the Habitat reissue at all ..though the feather cushions on the original are nicer
I don't own one-
I have 2 sofas:

The Robin day Hille drop back sofa/bed
and the Peter Hvidt knock down sofa by France & sons..

both suit my needs :)


posted by robert1960
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22-Apr-08
Hi Barrympls, I did not take...
Hi Barrympls, I did not take the picture of the sofa; it is from the Bellini site.

Anyway I think that there is a bit of misunderstanding here. I am not advising you to buy another sofa. I posted the picture of the sofa as a suggestion for sammyman. I hope he will find it useful.

http://www.bellini.it/atelierbellini/?a=3&b=1&idcliente=1000...
posted by Antonella
edited on 22-Apr-08 04:59 AM  [edit]
 

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