We’re not going to over sell this post. We’re not going to fluff it up as groundbreaking journalism. Hell, we’re not even coming up with a clever title or byline. Enjoy these five important couches, courtesy of our friends at 1stdibs.
Neo-Classical Sofa, circa 1825
I can already hear the harpsichord tinkling in the other room- offering a most ravenous tune as my important guests sit purposefully on my Neoclassical Sofa. Indeed, this Cornflower Blue-cushioned masterpiece is truly a throne designed for two or one, reclining (using it as a bed after a long journey through the wood; or a night of lingering at the village pub?). This really reminds me of my college days at University of Pennsylvania, our dorm room laden in opulent artifacts not unlike this one. This darling sofa wouldn’t be a stroke out of place! Note the circular pillows with their own little shelves. How petit! The deliberate nature of this design truly captured my soul. An inviting couch? Not particularly. An important couch? Undoubtedly.
Not convinced this couch is important? This exact sofa’s companion presently sits in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is just that good! ($65,000.00 at 1stdibs.com)
Carla Extra Large Sofa, Solid Varnished Mahogany Structure and Red Velvet Fabric
Do you consider yourself a tortured soul? Are you one familiar and even enraptured by hallucinations and the paranormal? Are you relentlessly playful yet sufficiently devious to the point that life is merely a Guy Fawkes mask and you’re the wearer? You may find this proportionally experimental couch suitable for your character. This surrealist couch features traditional elements remixed tastefully and amusingly to offer a humorist spin on Victorian ideals. But don’t get it confused- there is not a knick of whimsy. You’re the practical joker, and this important sofa is the statement. Your soul is blackened with disenchantment with convention and you are initiated with the pleasantries of normality. You may enjoy this interesting couch if you are a reclusive and superstitious being- a barely-there artiste inspired by riddles and enigmas mixed with an ironic twist of bullshit. (from $50,324.07 at 1stdibs.com)
Classic Leather Sofa Couch
Now this is just classic design. This is a classic sofa couch. I just love this classic sofa couch. How many times have you seen one of these classic sofa couches in your life? Clearly well-loved and generously occupied, these are the hallmarks of a classic sofa couch. Placed in many a psychiatrist office and ancient Fairfax county homes, this classic couch is an essential for any home that seeks to appear at once aged and absolutely timeless. Many other couches want what this couch has! This is a couch you can lose some coins in. I can almost smell the popcorn populating its nooks and crannies. This is a couch you can crash on. Think of the squeaky symphony of the cushions rubbing against each other. Clearly large enough for a trio of occupants, this classic sofa couch is infested with class and taste. ($3,600.00 at 1stdibs.com)
Spectacular Three-Piece Milo Baughman Circular Sofa Rosewood Mid-Century Modern
This is not your typical sectional. Let’s just say designer Milo Baughman had absolutely no business creating such a funky sofa. Yet here we are, celebrating this work of extraordinary circumference. Incorporating a truly groovy energy, this “spectacular” three-piece sofa for Thayer Coggin. Well, anyone who knows design knows that the Thayer Coggin - Milo Baughman partnership was one of the most prolific and important.
This sofa is absolutely ideal for recreating a Cher and Sonny moment, or even a Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra situation. Positioned appropriately, this bonanza of circular joy could be the perfect setting for an important business meeting or announcement of tragic news. The fascinating upholstery makes no sense in any context, making it the ideal foil for any circumstance. Managed correctly, total occupancy numbers for this extraordinary sofa could range into the hundreds. ($16,500.00 at 1stdibs.com)
'SHI' Modular Sofa made of Concrete
The prospect of spending even one night in jail is the stuff of nightmares for many people. Decrepit environs festering with risk and danger. An environment seemingly designed to be inhospitable to people. And yet, jail furniture is the muse of many Brutalist and modernist designers- resolute monoliths of objects- barely embellished but purposefully designed with approximate intent. Jail is a rare environment where many objects have designated usage of one type, but are not guaranteed to be used in such a way. A “shelf” in any other content, but a bed in jail. A block in one context, a sofa in another. Here, indulge in the petrified, unusual atmosphere- an object radiating the cold energy. Relax in this concrete sofa. Infinitely extendable, yet strangely predictable, this concrete sofa envelops a sense of warm abandonment, an object so designed but so minimally “considered”. ($5,428.54 at 1stdibs.com)