Every season, there seems to be that one item everyone on your social media feeds owns. Maybe it’s that tiny Prada handbag, or Crocs? As far as interior design is concerned, however, the most viral items are of the sofa variety—puffy, vintage Italian ones, to be precise. Perhaps it’s our collective obsession with all-things 1970s right now. Perhaps it’s the comfort their amorphous contours have provided in a pandemic year. Regardless, these five designs have emerged as the It sofas that everyone seems to (or at least aspires to) own.
1. CAMALEONDA, BY MARIO BELLINI FOR B&B ITALIA
Originally designed in 1970, this modular sofa has been an icon in the Italian design world for more than 50 years. B&B Italia reintroduced Camaleonda last year with new colorways and modular options, further shoring up this design icon’s status as a contemporary classic, and trust us: Every Scandinavian influencer on your feed agrees. Designer Jessie Schuster recently customized her Camaleonda in beige fabric (in part to make it pooch-friendly) for her SoHo loft.
2. PUMPKIN, BY PIERRE PAULIN FOR LIGNE ROSET
This piece does in fact credit its shape to the eponymous gourd. Designed exclusively for the Elysée Palace during the Georges Pompidou presidency, the sofa lends itself to total comfort with a “protective” shell. It’s no wonder the masses, including French designer Fleur Delesalle, have been sinking back into its inviting shape.
3. SESANN, BY GIANFRANCO FRATTINI FOR TACCHINI
Originally designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1970 and reissued in 2015, the Sesann sofa flies under the radar. With its tubular metal frame and bulging cushions, this is the real cool-kid sofa to have.
4. TOGO, BY LIGNE ROSET
For over 40 years, the Togo sofa line has been a design go-to, but we’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. It’s even been showing up in unexpected textiles, like in a blue Scalamandre floral, as seen here in a recent Heidi Caillier project. Made for lounging, the slouchy shape is simultaneously casual and pulled together, making it perfect for that “effortless” aesthetic we all wish to achieve.
5. SOFA LE BAMBOLE ’07, BY MARIO BELLINI FOR B&B ITALIA
Clearly, Bellini knows how to design a timeless—and covetable—sofa. The primary appeal of the Le Bambole (the 1979 winner of the prestigious Compasso d’Oro industrial design award), is the apparent lack of a support structure. The soft blending of form and fabric is what makes this throwback icon still relevant these many years later.
From ELLE Decor