Not off the peg: custom-made sofas by
Sophisticated Living

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In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. It’s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests don’t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. That’s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model – even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.

Furnishing Cologne: New furniture arrives in Cologne and gets photographed above the city’s rooftops

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Furnishing Cologne – Vitra, RAR Winter Special; Design: Charles & Ray Eames, 1950. Location: Altstadt Köln. (photo: Koelnmesse; Karsten Jipp)

Perched on the observation terrace at Cologne Airport, the new Ligne Roset sofa Nils by designer Didier Gomez seems to be waiting for the visitors who will soon be flocking to the city’s international furnishing show. The scenography is part of an imm cologne initiative that involved photographing newly rolled-out furniture in urban Cologne.

In the second year of the “Furnishing Cologne” initiative, the motto for the series of photographs was “Above the city’s rooftops”. And that’s how Artek’s “Stool 60” stools (by Alvar Aalto, in the new Anniversary Edition) came to be standing on the roof of a factory building in the morning sun as if they were keeping a lookout or inviting guests to take a rest. The motifs range from Miele’s new wine cooler KWT 6832 SGS – an allusion to the LivingKitchen fair that takes place parallel to the imm cologne – all the way to Vitra’s re-edition of the Eames Rocking Chair, which was photographed from an unusual perspective above the roofs of Cologne city centre.

The upholstered bench Wave by Wössner: Fitted to Your Specifications

Wössner presents upholstered benches with micro-pocket spring cores and the seating comfort of a sofa which also meet their specifications to within a centimetre. (photo: Wössner)
Wössner presents upholstered benches with micro-pocket spring cores and the seating comfort of a sofa which also meet their specifications to within a centimetre. (photo: Wössner)

Seating comfort in the dining area – that’s what makes the dining area even more attractive as the centre of your living space. That’s because a more-comfortable dining area can supplement your living room area. And: customers can have the upholstered benches with micro-pocket spring cores and the seating comfort of a sofa which also meet their specifications to within a centimetre. “In the past, this just wasn’t possible. In the future, it will enrich the market. Wössner has transferred its core-competency in the area of traditional wood corner benches into the dining segment. An exactly-fitting dining bench is a real market value,” observes Sales Manager Oliver Gutekunst.

The new sofa of Brunner: A new form of sitting – for more creativity

Das junge Berliner Designstudio osko+deichmann entwarf mit "plot" für Brunner die raumbildende und modulare Sitzlandschaft, die zu unterschiedlichen Sitzpositionen inspiriert. (Foto: Brunner)
The young Berlin design studio osko+deichmann created the space-creating, modular piece of seating furniture for various sitting positions. (photo: Brunner)

With “plot” Brunner presents a modular piece of seating furniture for a relaxed way of sitting. The young Berlin design studio osko+deichmann created the space-creating, modular piece of seating furniture for various sitting positions, which can be integrated into offices, foyers or lounges like a natural “loungescape”.

The open concept of use, which is based on a square module, fits in well with those who do not only want to sit but lean against, move, interact and communicate in a relaxed way. “We wanted to create a product which the user handles in a different way. You should feel free and mobile – this releases productive energy and promotes creativity,” Dr. Marc Brunner, Managing Director of the family business, is convinced. The concept of plot offers seats adjustable on three levels and is about to interpret the function of arm and back rest in a new way.

“How do we sit, when we are on the road? Do we wait or do we work? Do we meet and interact? Or do we rest?” These questions led osko+deichmann to the unconventional design of plot. On the basis of a square module, six combinations of seats and rests can be realised. The middle level – the arm rest – was designed in a flexible way and can be repositioned without the use of tools.

Freistil, the new sofa brand from Rolf Benz: new sofa looks for freethinkers

Neue Sofalooks für Freigeister: neue Sofamarke freistil von Rolf Benz. (Foto: Rolf Benz)
The lounge sofa freistil 187: superbly comfortable and extremely deep seats. (photo: Rolf Benz)

In spring 2011, Rolf Benz AG launched its new sofa brand freistil Rolf Benz with a surprising claim: “If Berlin were a piece of furniture, it would be freistil.” Intelligent, confidently stylish furniture, lifelike communications and a “made in Germany” label are the key features of this distinctive collection, which is now being extended with a further sofa range and some colourful looks.

The newly designed, extremely roomy and low-slung lounge sofa freistil 187 features superbly comfortable and extremely deep seats. The freistil 183 sofa range, which featured in the lookbook berlin 2011/2012, has been decked out with some totally new and wonderfully colourful outfits. Its modularity and flexibility make it the ideal family sofa for a sense of cheerful but stylish chaos.

Walter Knoll redefines nonchalance de luxe with Jaan Living

Jaan Living von Walter Knoll. Design by EOOS. (Foto: Walter Knoll)
Jaan Living by Walter Knoll. Design by EOOS. (photo: Walter Knoll)

Walter Knoll presents nonchalance de luxe with Jaan Living. Armchair, armchair récamière and upholstered bench naturally gather around the sofa. The extensions to the Jaan Living range create expansive living landscapes.

With spacious seat elements on a delicate framework – the hallmark of the award-winning range. The upholstered bench supplements the sofa – or works on its own in an entrée, lobby or gallery. Jaan Living is a lot of things – but not down-to-earth. It is far too elevated for that.

Get more information about Jaan Living by reading the latest Walter Knoll News.

Furnishing Cologne – part 11: New products Bahir by COR and bookless by interlübke

Sofa Bahir by COR and bookless by interlübke (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

World travellers in Cologne: This year COR is sending a deeply relaxed piece of seating furniture to Cologne from the other side of the Alps: Bahir isn’t just for sitting on, it’s perfect for lounging, sprawling and stretching as well. A place where you can spread out and snuggle up, a freedom zone for slouching and reading, gaming and surfing the net. In order to make all this possible, Swiss designer Jörg Boner created Bahir in the form of a big, inviting shell, abolishing the classic division into seat and backrest. As a result, Bahir is not so much a piece of seating furniture as a private space where you can settle down with cushions, blankets, your partner, some cookies or the kids, depending on how the mood takes you. It’s good to know that the quilted cover can be taken off and cleaned in next to no time. The seams emphasise the clear basic structure of the sofa. The Bahir series also includes an armchair. An ottoman puts the finishing touches to the collection.

Design: Jörg Boner
Booth: Hall 11.3 Booth S010

With bookless, interlübke transfers the idea of conventional storage concepts into a gallery system for domestic settings. The bookless range aims to shine a spotlight on the beautiful things in life and can be configured as a movable partition, a floor-to-ceiling shelf or a floating wall element. Its elegant glass surfaces, filigree carcass depths and LED lighting are designed to convey a sense of transparency and lightness. One particularly sophisticated detail: the units stand at a distance of 6 cm to the wall, enlarging the surrounding light cone and enhancing the three-dimensional effect of the hovering modules. Developed for both domestic and office settings, the multifunctional concept can adapt to almost any layout, integrate digital media systems and be used in combination with other product ranges.

Design: Gino Carollo& René Chyba
Booth: Hall 11.3 Booth S020

Furnishing Cologne – part 3: New product sofa avec plaisir by Brühl

avec plaisir by Brühl (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

Sultry sights in Rheinau Harbour: The name says it all: avec plaisir, the new two-seater sofa from Brühl, doesn’t just have charisma and the flair to become a classic, it’s exceedingly comfortable as well. The sculptural, organic shape conveys a sense of security even before you take a seat. Whilst you could be forgiven for thinking that every conceivable sofa shape has already been produced, the experimental design of avec plaisir nevertheless manages to blend form and function into a veritable feel-good factor. The trendy sofa was created by young designer Kati Meyer-Brühl. It is available in a choice of different fabrics and features the kind of top-quality craftsmanship its unusual shape requires.

Design: Kati Meyer-Brühl
Booth: Hall 11.2 Booth N041

The human factor as the measure of all things – seating comfort made by COR

Making upholstered furniture is an art form in its own right. And when it comes to seating comfort, ergonomics are an important discipline. The right seat heights and depths and the materials used play a major role. In addition, observations on human growth development are becoming increasingly important. Consequently, in light of the fact that, on average, people are getting taller, COR raised the seat height of its sofas by two centimetres several years ago.

A host of very different needs have to be considered – not only in terms of the construction but with regard to choosing the right sofa as well. Besides weight and height, the user’s personal preferences also play a key role: some like to sit close to the ground, others like to rise above things. And whilst some prefer a soft, flat surface, others like a firmer seat with a high backrest. When it comes to the upholstery, the personal feelgood factor is crucial. “Trust your instincts,” advises COR’s head of marketing Berthold Strüve, “Try out various backrests and seats. Comparing different options is the only way to find out what kind of inner workings are right for you.”