Lounge sofas furnish break areas, executive waiting rooms, and can even be used in reception spaces. They provide the sitter with essential comfort, and the broad scope of designs appeals to all aesthetic sensibilities.
For example, lovers of tradition can choose the from Fleming & Howland’s ‘Cromwell’ lounge sofa, a luxurious chesterfield produced using 19th century techniques; or Werther Toffoloni’s ‘MILLENNIUM’ for Accento, a visually light, wooden frame lounge sofa with a buttoned backrest. Classically proportioned, but wholly pared-down and contemporary, Norman Foster’s ‘Foster 500’ lounge sofa for Walter Knoll is also an excellent choice.
Of course, there are modern classics, such as the stately ‘LC3’ lounge sofa by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, now manufactured by Cassina, where large cubic cushions are fitted into an exposed, steel frame. Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Swan™ Sofa’ for Fritz Hansen is an organically shaped, upholstered shell mounted on a slender, aluminium base, while George Nelson’s well-known, modular ‘Marshmallow Sofa’, produced by Vitra, playfully deconstructs the seat into a series of brightly coloured, upholstered discs, and can be extended up to any desired length.
Contemporary creations are no less daring. Look to Ron Arad’s highly sculptural and expressive designs, such as ‘Europa’ lounge sofa for Draenert, made wholly from polished, welded steel sheet; or ‘Sofa 250’ for Moroso, which is effectively a swooping, upholstered ribbon. Karim Rashid creates a relaxed composition from a simple, upholstered bench and a low, rounded acoustic panel in ‘Float Sofa 206’ for Sancal; while Ben van Berkel’s ‘Seating Stones’ lounge sofa is an asymmetric element which can be used alone or in series to create multi-directional seating ensembles.
Designed by Till Grosch and Björn Meier for ophelis, ‘ophelis docks’ is also a modular system consisting of upholstered seats, day beds, side tables and acoustic panels and desks, allowing the user to build a customised lounge sofa. Lastly, life imitates art in Studio 65’s ‘Bocca’ for Gufram, based on Salvator Dalí’s painting of Mae West’s lips; and in Devon&Devon’s ‘Holly’, a lounge sofa in a clawfoot bathtub, inspired by the iconic film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’.