There’s nothing worse than being caught at a chatty soirée in the center of a sofa. There’s the inevitable whiplash of talking with friends on either side, or even worse, when your friend on the left, say, is forced to crane their neck to in order talk with your friend on the right. It’s all a little bit awkward. Enter the conversation sofa: A curved sofa results in more natural, uninhibited conversation and has a gentle arc to break up all the right angles in a living room. Here are our 10 favorites.
Above: Seen here in the Miami Beach home of Stephan Weishaupt is the original Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa with Arm from 1950 in coral velvet. “I wanted an organic shape floating in the space,” says Weishaupt. “I think it goes nicely with the round window.” The sofa, model 150BSA, is still available to order through a Vladimir Kagan showroom; contact for pricing and more information. Above: The Piero Lissoni Rod Bean Sofa designed for Living Divani, is a curved style that sits on a minimal frame made of lacquered, drawn tubular steel and stainless steel feet. The sofa is £10,954 at TwentyTwentyOne. Above: Ochre’s Eternal Dreamer Sofa is a modular sofa built on a beech frame and stainless or blackened steel legs. It’s available with straight components for a standard L-shape sectional, but we like the curved option. Contact Ochre for price and ordering information. (You can also see the sofa in pink in our post 10 Easy Pieces: The Pink Sofa.) Above: Swedish designers Massproductions make the Dandy 4-Seater Sofa, a curved design with a high back and wood legs. Available from A+R Store who claim the “4-seater’s swerve can handle a crowd.” The sofa comes in a range of upholstery options for $6,479 to $8,789. Above: Designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex, the Curved Ben Ben Sofa is a modular sofa system on a beechwood frame and black lacquered metal feet with poly seat cushions and goose down back cushions. It’s large, measuring about 14 1/2 feet long, and is £16,064 at TwentyTwentyOne. Above: When most curved sofas take on a modern silhouette, Howe in London keeps their take classic with the Hound Sofa. Made with hand-stitched horsehair and down cushions, the Hound comes in three different lengths and the option for fabric or leather upholstery. Contact Howe for price and ordering information. Above: A direct nod to the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa seen at top, Anthropologie’s Grace Serpentine Two-Piece Sectional comes in Rosewood Slub Velvet and brass-finished metal legs. It’s currently on sale for $2,798.60. Above: The Belmount 2-Piece Curved Sectional measures 212 inches (about 17 1/2 feet), sits on a birch frame, and comes in Dover Crescent upholstery (shown) for $3,999 at Horchow. Above: By Space Copenhagen for Gubi, the Stay Curved Sofa sits on an unseen wood black base with a sculptural shape. Available in a wide variety of upholstery, the sofa is $8,359 at Rouse Home. It’s also available at the Danish Design Store. Above: Designed by Koncept Stockholm for Fogia, the Alex 20 Degree Sofa is highly customizable with a range of upholstery and wood leg options; $5,984 at Danish Design Store.
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