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22 June 2009

Sofa SO Good

So we've made a decision.

We're going with the Deep sofa below from Couch Seattle, though we're going to switch out the wooden plinth underneath for mid-century style cone feet and the whole thing will be in buttery soft ivory leather. The leather was a bit of an indulgence, and in all honesty I'm not really a leather sofa person at all, but it did seem the most supremely practical option with a Minx in the house - our existing white slip-covered sofa really does look horrific nowadays.

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We partly made this decision because this is one of the few sofas we were able to sit on and test - and goodness me is it comfortable - but also on the basis of a long email discussion with Ameer at Couch. That man knows his couches.

I'm reproducing one of his emails here as I believe the advice he gives might be useful to anyone else currently buying a sofa, but also because this sort of exemplary and helpful customer service really needs to be celebrated.

Over to Ameer (the below is his email in response to my previous sofa post). I've included mini-pics of the sofas he is referring to, so we can follow the argument.

'It seems you want a modern or mid-century sofa that sits like a big lounger - which is a bit of a challenge. 

Mid-century styles like the Petrie Petrie and Jasper Jasper are a bit more upright.  Not familiar with how the Jasper sits but it mimics the depth and geometry of the Petrie so I assume they sit the same-which is to say well, but hardly plush, which is what you liked about my Deep model. Deep  

For reference the Deep is 40" while the Jasper and Petrie are both 36"- and the Deep features down blend in the back and seat while neither the Petrie or Jasper do.  Styles like that are both all about the straightness of the line, which down would compromise. 

As for the 51 image0-1 , the other style you scanned, I dig it but simply don't dig it as much as the Deep.  Seeing both in person in California the Deep was a fair bit more modern and eye-catching.  I don't think it's necessarily rounder by any means than the Deep. 

The Rae CropperCapture[3] and Nina are both nice looking but the Nina CropperCapture[6]  is only 75" wide, while the Ray looks from here like it sits stiff (and being only 32" will sit quite shallow). 

The Danner CropperCapture[7]is pretty (but again shallow) and undoubtedly well made but you're paying maybe $1,500 to get the Adler label.  I could do the Nina and probably the Danner as well.  But since you've mentioned you want loungy comfort I might encourage you to look at options that include back pillows.

Byward CropperCapture[4] is an awkward knock-off of a B&B Charles.  CropperCapture[8] It looks awkward because the seat cushion is too fat by about an inch - and the back cushions need a touch of space between them so you can see the frame.  The Charles needs to be knocked off perfectly to look good.  An inch off here and an inch off there and it's not so very pretty at all

Movie sofaRaeis good but CB2 quality isn't quite the same as that of the CB main line - and the problem with a sofa like that is that you NEED lots of cushions to put behind you and while lots of throw pillows are nice to look at, they can drive one crazy trying to find the right arrangement on dvd night.  Sleek yet plush is really kind of a difficult thing to do. 

The Frigerio line at Limn is amazing yet Italian made with prices to match.  Restoration Hardware has some great designs, but perhaps a little too traditional for your taste and they're overpriced and Chinese built.  Kasala and Alchemy are always options for some contemporary styling, but you undoubtedly visited since they're both on the same street I am.  Hmmm.  Given your parameters I dunno where'd I'd get a sofa if I didn't get it from me. 

If I didn't have 10k for Frigerio (which I don't) I'd probably go for a Steele CropperCapture[9] from CB (which would fit with your room aesthetic).  It's got a nice sleek look and in my opinion sits better than the Petrie.

I'm also of the mind that the aggressively mid century style of the Petrie won't age as well as a more updated style like the Steele. You could also get the Steele in time for your parents in a suitable fabric since it's stocked in a nubby polyester.  The Petrie is stocked in a cotton which just isn't the right call for you given the Minx.  To change out the cotton to the leather on the Petrie you're going to be waiting till well after your parents have come and gone. 

I'm going through my databanks here for a good source for a deep, stylish, plush, sofa and coming up blank. 

Best I can do is the CB Lounge CropperCapture[10]  which is stocked in a stain resistant poly velvet.  Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it -  though that one is 46" deep so will have a large footprint in a not so very wide room.  I really did try!

To answer your question I've got the exact spec for both the Petrie, Jasper, and Movie but I'm not in love with any of them.  I'll take another look at my resources and see if I can't suggest a couple others.  For a really progressive piece that looks fantastic and sits well, I really am a big fan of the Deep.  I think it would look right at home in one of my neighboring boutiques at 3x the price. 

ameer

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very nice!! i love it. looks sleek and comfy. i am also really loving that 51 sofa. that looks about what i was after but most likely out of my budget. i went with the movie sofa recently and while it is simple and sleek and comfy it is not REALLY comfy. only a little and yes, you do need several pillows behind you to make it feel cushy. also, it's not nearly as deep as i thought it would be. and their white slipcover is no where NEAR white. it is a really yellow-y linen looking color.

Yes, I REALLY like the 51 too - it was very close between those two and I maybe even liked the 51 a little more. But it helped that we could sit on the Deep, that the Husband loved it, that it suited mid-century cone feet (I am in love with those for some reason) and that the deep had three cushions across as we are a three person family (not that the Minx ever sits still on a sofa for one moment).

Interesting re. the Movie sofa - I do love that shape very much. It's annoying that the best looking sofas are also the least padded...

wow, what a lovely email from Ameer! That man clearly knows his stuff!
I really like the look of the Deep, it looks really comfy and I think loose cushions make a sofa look so much more appealing rather than the built in padding. The mid-century cone feet sound fab too. Can't wait to see it all together! :)

I am casually sofa shopping right now, and found all of this info very helpful! Thanks Ameer, and Paola for sharing!

I am so buying my next sofa from him!

Ok, exemplary and helpful almost seems like an understatement after reading all of that. OMG.

I definitely need a new couch but wasn't really thinking I'd move forward on it any time soon. However, now, I'm totally going to buy a new sofa and I'm going to buy it from Ameer and then I'm going to ask him to be my new best friend and we can talk about sofas into the wee hours of the morning on a school night.

xo

Dude.. I am not much into reading, but somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. Its amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.

All are very nice. But I like the pink one the most.

The sofa as we know it is pretty much an integral part of any home. The word ‘sofa’ has Arabic origins. Suffah, meaning bench, is believed to have been brought to India by the Europeans. For Indians, used to floor seating and cushions, it was a curiosity. Its initial adoption was more in the nature of a curio piece for visitors from other lands.

Byward colur and style is different from other sofas specially that pink one. Anybody would love to use it as living room furniture

The Rae is excellent for people who want mix classical and modern style in living room.

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