How to Choose the Perfect Sofa by 1stdibs – Choose the right sofa with some of the best interior designers!
Ralph Lauren sofa in a Moscow residence by Foley & Cox. Michael Cox says: “Shape, style and upholstery are all obviously aesthetically important. But without the right sitting depth, cushion construction and perfect pitch, a sofa is just another horizontal platform.”
“While comfort is most important, a sofa needs to have either a sculptural element or an interesting detail to allow it to stand out in a space,” says Emilee Pearson of DHD Architecture + Interior Design, the firm responsible for this punchy Chelsea, New York, dining room.
“Long, continuous lines make a sofa amazing — whether they are curvy or rectilinear,” says Brooklyn-based architect and interior designer Elizabeth Roberts. “I also think that the relationship of the sofa back to the arm is important.” For this Lower East Side, New York, living room, Roberts turned to a biomorphic Vladimir Kagan–style sofa in sage green, which complements the space’s boho vibe.
“There are so many ingredients to the great sofa recipe — the truly best are a sublime balance of style and comfort,” says Russell Groves of Groves & Co.“Beautiful details, finishes and a fantastic fabric certainly add to the ‘excellence’ factor!”
Charleston designer Angie Hranowsky, “the most important thing to know when choosing the perfect sofa is its purpose. Is it for conversation, or for watching TV and lounging? Then you can determine the right depth and seat height.” Milo Baughman sectional for a waterfront home in South Carolina.
“A sofa should be both chic and comfortable,” M Interiors founder Melissa Morgan. “And don’t be afraid of color — it’s amazing how a deep, rich color on a sofa reads as a neutral in a space.”
Brown Davis Interiors custom made a pair of clean-lined sofas for Miami transplants who wanted their new condo to nod to their New York past. “Sofas are used every day, and they must feel and look good, which is one of the reasons our motto is ‘comfort is the greatest luxury,’ ” says Todd Davis. “For example, Vladamir Kagan–level firmness for cocktail comfort and Rose Tarlow softness for deep lounging and relaxation,” adds Robert Brown.
“I like shapes and forms that are exaggerated in proportion, meaning either greater or lesser dimensions than the ‘standard classic,’ ” says Thad Hayes. “We’ll often accentuate lengths that start to become architectural and less object-like, sometimes 14 feet long. That begins to organize the room.” In a penthouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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