I stopped short in my tracks when I saw this sofa, the IS two-seater by Inoda & Sveja, at the 100% Design show at the London Design Festival. The lovely rep told me to have a seat and try it out so I did, despite being afraid I wouldn't find the will to get up and walk away from it when it became reasonable to do so. The sofa is a stunningly elegant piece - the armrest and back flow in one continuous line - and it beckoned me to proclaim it as 'art' in my head. But it's not merely a showpiece, it's also comfortable, as it should be. (Of course it's not like a couch you would fall alseep on while sprawled out watching TV, it expects a certain measure of elegance from the owner as well!)
Out of curiosity and a bit of self-torture I inquired about the cost, and I believe I was told it starts at £3,000 with the fabric upholstery it's also available in leather. (I'd like one of each, please, Furniture Fairy!) That's a lot of money, but depending on one's situation and one's propensity toward forming emotional attachments to beautiful objects, it's well worth it for the enduring joy it brings.
The IS sofa is available in fabric and leather, as mentioned, and a variety of woods including ash, oak, walnut, beech, black cherry and maple. Let's look at the details of this gorgeous sofa:
Wewood is a Portugese high-end joinery company known for producing solid wood furniture through artisanal craftsmanship, design collaborations, and sophisticated technology. I'll be talking more about Wewood later - I came home from the LDF with my first piece thanks to their donation of a beautiful stool/table to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity sale, priced at 80% off which was how I was able to afford it - but since this is a Big Ticket Wish List, I'll show the thing that I desperately want but am not going to score at a massive discount, Wewood's Madison sideboard:
What is it about vertical, coloured stripes that is so endlessly appealing? Pair that with classic Mid-century design in 100% solid French oak - that is one reason for the £2761.50 price tag - and you've got a sideboard to love for a lifetime.
If this was my bed I'd have even more trouble getting up in the morning. 'Daybed' is designed by Portugese-based MO-OW and is available from De-branded, an online marketplace for innovative, indepdendent designers to sell their furniture and home items. I'll be talking about them in more depth later as well; they're in the midst of developing some very exciting web-based features that will take the 'de-branded' theme further and give the design lover some autonomy as to how they procure their desired furniture items.
As for the bed, it's a gorgeous example of minimalist design and has that calm, quiet beauty we look for in the furniture we use most in our homes. The price tag is £2,365 and it's handcrafted using traditional techniques in a small centennial factory in Portugal. You get what you pay for.
I could go on indefinitely about my daydream furniture, so I'll stop here. But I have a lot of coverage of the London Design Festival to come, so it's really a never-ending story!