Sofa

My new favorite sofa

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) - Home of a successful actor whose decor is.......a little dated.

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) - Home of a successful actor whose decor is.......a little dated.

In The French Lieutenant's Woman, Jeremy Irons plays a film actor who throws a cast party at his house.  After a number of scenes where people compliment his fine home, the party comes to an end, and he decides to have a think on one of the most balls-out 80's sofas I have ever seen.  

Please appreciate it's droopy quality.  It's as if the sofa is covered with an enormous throw blanket, tucked in around the cushions...and yet, the arm seems to have a ribbed seam. 

UPDATE:  I think the arms of the sofa have a separate fabric cap on them.  I haven't seen that product in years.  My grandma had a couch with arms caps and I used to put them on my head as if I was a nun.  If only she had this couch because I would have been one psychedelic nun.  

What's up, Watson?

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 1 - Jane Watson's new bachelorette pad.

Elementary: Season 3, Episode 1 - Jane Watson's new bachelorette pad.

Season 3 of Elementary opens with Watson living in a sweet new apartment, so she can keep Sherlock out of her personal life.  

She seems like she has her life together, so what is going on with the sofa!?  I know the sofa must be expensive, but I do not understand it.  It seems like the arm piece is a dash too small, so it doesn't fit snugly to the back or line up flush with the front.  Or maybe this is a part of sectional that lost a limb.   

What ever is going on, I will keep you abreast of any breaking news.  

Swinging on the Bad Side

Swinging with the Finkels - The Chesterfield sofa of my dreams

Swinging with the Finkels - The Chesterfield sofa of my dreams

Before I watched the film Swinging with the Finkels, I checked Rotten Tomatoes, only to find it was given a 0%.  I decided, what the hell, and watched it anyway.  This was the right choice because I am the target audience for wooden, corporate-looking, rom-coms.  I found this movie "watchable".  

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In the Finkel's beautiful open plan living room, they break up the space with black Middle Easter screens draped with rich warm fabric.  It's fabulous.

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And they have giant wall art of themselves so they can conveniently get into fights in front of it.  You see this a fair amount in sets, but 90% of the time, the art is Andy Warhol-esque (example below).

Kroll Show: Season 1, Episode 3 - The home of Rich Dicks.

Kroll Show: Season 1, Episode 3 - The home of Rich Dicks.

Although honorable mention to the Keith Haring-y wall mural of Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones advertising office:

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Perfect for a forest glade

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Something about this sofa makes me happy, and I am normally not into contemporary furniture.  It has tasteful whimsy.  

It's called the Borghese Sofa and costs $5175.  WOWZAH!

The text on the website is fantastically pompous:

"The stone pines of the Villa Borghèse in Roma serve as the guiding aesthetic for this light sofa by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for fellow French design house La Chance.  It's no wonder that Noé started out as a sculptor. His work embraces the ideals of "niwa," the bijoux garden at the heart of a traditional Japanese home."

Ha!  So heavy handed.  I love it!

Unexpected Anthropologie

When did Anthropologie.com become such a great source for interesting furniture?  There are so many unexpected and outlandish pieces.  Can you believe that this is a chain store with a branch in your local mall?

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But the strangest thing of all is this massive (overpriced) LARPing tent, that is moments from being swept out to sea.

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Chalky White's Chesterfields

Boardwalk Empire lost me half way through season three, but due to their recent Art Direction Emmy win, and the death of some tedious characters, I decided to give season four a go.  

Good decision.  The first episode has scenes in the upstairs offices of Chalky White's club, and he is a fan of chesterfield sofas.

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I have wanted a classic brown leather chesterfield for some time.  This sofa has perplexing duality.  It seems very formal, but invites you to sit down and relax.  It is used in the most masculine spaces, but has feminine curves.

When I think retail, my mind goes right to  Restoration Hardware, but you have to pay top dollar for that type of perfection.  The sofa to the right is about $3000, and you can't find something comparable for much cheaper (please let me know if you do).

If you are into the style, but willing to compromise, you can find less expensive options in fabric....but not cheap.  

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Or do something crazy:

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

IKEA throws a curve-ball

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Just when I thought IKEA had been relegated to starter apartments, they bust out this beauty.  It's the their Stockholm Sofa in green velvet for $999.  Everything about this sofa is current (other than the legs...maybe).  The velvet is fantastic.  The color is perfectly unexpected.  The shape and side pillows look awesome, and comfortable. 

I can't believe I'm saying this, but.....I want and IKEA sofa. 

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Lena Dunham doesn't have a Liljevalch Sofa

This is the Internet wormhole I just feel into: 

--> Skimming PerezHilton.com

--> Saw a post about a  Miranda July's project called We Think Alone.  Somehow it uses emails from celebs as the centerpiece for a money-themed art thing...that's all I know.

-->Email excerpt from an email sent to Lena Dunham about a custom couch she was thinking about buying:

The price to make the Liljevalch Sofa is $14,878.93 plus the fabric which is $283.56 per meter and we would need 20 meters of fabric. So the entire cost of the couch would be $20,554.39. Shipping the sofa: It will take between 16 and 20 weeks to make and ship the sofa to us (from Sweden and will cost $3,080.85, plus $400.00 in customs charges. whenever you pick the fabric I can order for you! :) xox

Lena's response:

decided it's just too expensive:)

My response: 

WHAT IS A LILJEVALCH SOFA, WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE, AND DO I WANT ONE???!! 

Behold!!!

 

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The Liljevalch sofa was designed in 1934 by Josef Frank.  He designed this large, deep sofa in protest over the "prevailing functionalism and boring Swedish handicrafts."  

So people were protesting IKEA before there was IKEA.

 

For something designed in the 30s, it feels just as current today.  It is low and deep and comfortable, while still being sleek and contemporary.  There is no way I would spend 20k on it, but I can see why millionaires choose it as their splurge.  

Apartment Therapy devoted an article to Liljevalch stand-ins and admitted they failed.  They couldn't find anything inexpensive, and every sofa they did fine, was missing something.