What with modern design taking on ever stranger and more imaginative forms (and classic designs always present in some form or other) there’s a huge variety of sofas on the market these days. When you add colour and fabric to the blend, the options are almost limitless. If it is a traditional leather three-seater that you are looking for, that’s easy enough to find, but if you are looking for something a little more unusual, a little more exciting, then look no further. Here’s a guide to five of the most unusual sofa designs around, that will hopefully inspire you when making a decision about your next furniture purchase.
1 The sofabox
This is an enticing design which all has space saving qualities. Made by John Hofgarnter of Switzerland, it opens out to a really nice, sturdy and comfortable looking orange sofa with no arms. The ingenious part of it is that when you are using it, or want to save some space, it just closes shut like a box, or more specifically a flight case used by musicians and TV production companies to transport expensive and heavy equipment. When closed it could also easily be used as a table. The sofabox is really practical and stylish product that isn’t too crazy but offers something innovative to the buyer.
The acceleration sofa
Designed in Denmark by Phillip Grass, one can only assume that this piece got its name because it looks like something out of Star Trek. No need for geek associations, because this is still a really beautiful sofa. It has a classic art deco style as well as lending from the science fiction film genre.
With exquisite curves, a suspended sitting area and two hollow jet-engine style arms on either side, it may not look like the most comfortable option in the world, but it is certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps it’s a little too beautiful, the sort of furniture that is almost too good-looking to sit on. Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard to disagree that it’s a stunning piece to add to the ambience of any room.
3 Swimming pool sofa
This sofa was actually made for a campaign to advertise a swimming pool manufacturer. So whether it is actually for sale is up for discussion. On first inspection, it is a pretty normal and comfortable looking L-shaped sofa. On closer inspection however, one can see that there is water where the main cushions should be! Complete with steps down into it, it’s more ‘paddling’ than ‘Olympic’, and you would certainly struggle to do any swimming, but it’s not short on quirkiness. Maybe not the first choice for swimmers or sofa buyers, but a feat in design innovation nonetheless.
4 Star system sofas
Designed by Enrico Buscemi in Milan, these are far more conventional sofas in the sense that Buscemi doesn’t combine couch comfort with swimming. With an air of style and flair, he has created a truly beautiful design. Star system sofas are a modern take on the chesterfield sofa, but with bright colours made of fabric and a soft low back; once you get in, you’ll struggle to get out again. In short they look like a modern art installation, but are also wonderfully comfortable.
5 The Aston Martin DB6 sofa
Made at sometime between 1965 and 1970, this sofa is every man’s dream. Using the back section of a classic DB6 it also has red leather cushioning, akin to the seats of the Aston. It doesn’t look like the most comfortable sofa ever produced but it certainly has wow factor, as well as a hefty price tag.
Morphed sofas, scrubbing brush sofas and swimming pools sofas – if you can imagine it, it probably exists. Sofa designs are getting ever more elaborate, so it’s worth looking around to get some inspiration.