“When I first began developing this concept, I took cues from foldout futons…I like the simplicity but most futons looked like college dormitory furniture,” stated Nolen. “My thoughts were, create a sofa sleeper that had the compactness and simplicity in use like a futon, yet had the looks and feel of a full size sofa…there’s something fun about futons that are reminiscent of spontaneous sleepovers which is what I ultimately wanted to capture in a more sophisticated form,” continued Niu.
The concept for the YO™ armchair focused on seating posture and comfort. “Most of the comments I’ve received from past clients and attendees of tradeshows are that armchairs these days are so deep that there is a lack of back support…without a lumbar pillow, people generally slouch in armchairs,” explained Niu. The soft contours of the backrest and shallow seat depth both contribute to the YO™ armchair’s surprising comfort. It uses firm high resilience foams along the backrest with a slightly softer seat cushion to provide the lower back support similar to most task chairs. “In designing the YO™ armchair, my thoughts were to create almost a hybrid “lounge-dining” chair that allowed you to sit taller with your lower back firmly seated in place,” Nolen stated.
The YO™ sofa and armchair are both offered in fully upholstered leather, fabric, or leather and fabric combinations. Adler hardwood frames and optional soybean foam mattress for the YO™ sofa sleeper are greener alternatives, reducing overall environmental impact.