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Desperately looking for a new sofa

September 4, 2013
Sofa

The couch is a design crucial element, the protagonist of our living rooms. When I bought my house in Madrid, the first object that I wanted to buy was a new sofa, I began a diligent and tirelessly search to find the one that would fit in my apartment.

During a trip to Istanbul I learned that the couch comes from the Ottoman tradition and went into the European culture only after the first half of the nineteenth century. The term “sofa” comes from the Arabic word suff, which means pillow.

I have read many articles on architecture and design blogs, but I never found some basic tips to keep in mind when you are buying a sofa. I firmly believe that the main feature is comfort, followed by the material and only at the end we should think about design, shape and color.

Sofa

Sofa

In my mind there was the image of a multi-purpose couch, where I would have dined in front of TV, slept on sunny afternoons or spent relaxing after dinner perhaps with some of my friends. I started flipping through magazines on magazines until I was intrigued by a sofa called “Karmemeju”. A fabulous sofa with pillows that can be fitted in several different ways. For example, a large sofa can be divided into many smaller ones to furnish different spaces; I had found the ideal sofa for people who love constant change like me.

Sofa in Outdoor Area

Sofa in Outdoor Area

Always among the pages of my journals I fell in love with a sofa called “New York”, designed by Saba. The red color model was really perfect for my little house in Madrid, it had a minimal style and I would have been able to combine it with color cushions and a small table on its side.

The sofa "Roche Bois"

The sofa “Roche Bois”

I spent more days in the hot streets of Madrid looking at shop window to find my couch, when by chance my eyes met something very interesting. An explosion of colors, a feast of joy in Madrilenian style: the sofa “Roche Bois”from the collection le contemporains. An eclectic and colorful couch, perfect for homes of artists.

Colorful & Patterned Sofa

Colorful & Patterned Sofa

Days went by and my main doubt about the couch was always the style, which style I would have preferred? What kind of sofa would better fit in my small apartment full of light? Maybe a minimal sofa, simple and elegant, or maybe a large and colorful couch, to be placed near the small window that looked out of Chueca.

Sofa Design

Sofa Design

I was lost in the world of sofas and every day I fall in love with one of them, like if it was the man to marry! Months have passed and I am writing this article sitting on my couch. I will not tell you which sofa from those mentioned I have chosen, you will have to guess it on your own.

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