What is the Most Wanted Sofa in the World?

Thousands of sofa collections are available on the market today.

How many of these do you know off the top of your head?

Like in the fashion or the automotive industry, top furniture brands are constantly developing new sofa collections to adapt to our lifestyle or create the seating of tomorrow. The “Salone Del Mobile” (Milan - Italy), “Maison & Objet” (Paris – France), IMM Cologne (Germany) or High Point Market (North Carolina – USA) are among the most attended event for interior designers, architects or home furnishing professionals where these new collections are introduced.

Some collections have been released over the past 10 years, others have been on the market for more than 50 years and still look ahead of their time. One Off Edition has focused on the top 100 high-end furniture brands worldwide (see article: X) and calculated the overall demand for over 300 sofas collections.

The attractivity of these collections is based on several factors such as:

  • the brand
  • the designer
  • the product's features
  • the product's craftmanship
  • the price
  • the look

Here are the top 10 sofas according to our expertly crafted algorithm:

Best Sofas

 

#1 - Cloud from Restoration Hardware

Labeled by the brand as the "the world's most comfortable sofa" the Cloud is among the sofas that focus on comfort while keeping a more neutral design that could fit any interior.

In its standard version, it has 100% goose feathers wrapped around down, creating an exceptional sink-in comfort. This relaxed type of comfort is further reinforced when associated with a generous seating depth.

Designer Timothy Oulton made the Cloud have entirely removable covers for ease of maintenance. The frame of the Cloud is hand-crafted and its modular units make the sofa versatile.

#2 - Togo from Ligne Roset

Designed by French designer Michael Ducaroy and produced in France, the Togo is the best-selling sofa of Ligne Roset since its creation in 1973.

Its curved silhouette is visually attractive and ergonomic. Composed of 3 layers of foam with various density and a low seating height, the Togo offers a relaxed comfort.

Modular and hand-crafted, it is usually upholstered in Alcantara micro-fiber making the sofa stain-resistant.

#3 - Mah Jong from Roche Bobois

Designed in 1971 by Hans Hopfer, the Mah Jong is one of the most vibrant sofas in the home furnishing industry. The brand has collaborated with haute couture fashion houses such as Kenzo, Missoni, or Jean Paul Gaultier who dressed the sofa with their own fabrics.

Its colorful patterns associated with a low seating height find its roots in Arabic seating and the bohemian influence of the 70's.

Hand Crafted in Italy, The Mah Jong gets his name from the Asian domino game as you can play with every single element: lower cushion, higher cushion, and backrest to mix and match them and create ever changing configurations or styles.

#4 - Bubble from Roche Bobois

Rising star of the industry, the Bubble carries a spectacular yet ergonomic design. The motorcycle and sportscar designer, Sacha Lakic, has imagined this sofa as a cloud transporting its guests to dreamland.

Hand Crafted in Italy, the collection features armchairs and ottomans which equally look as distinctive as the sofa.

Composed of high resilience foam and entirely padded with a unique stretchable fabric, the Bubble does not lose its shape easily.

#5 - Outline from Muuto

The Outline sofa is one of the best expression of Scandinavian design, represented here by minimalism and simplicity.

Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll created a timeless sofa that is even better suited for small spaces or people looking for a more upright seating position due to its short seating depth, narrow armrests and high seating.

Produced in Slovak Republic, the Outline sofa exists also in a high back version creating a more private environment well suited for work spaces.

#6 - Ploum from Ligne Roset

French designers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec conceived this sofa as "a ripe and delicious fruit" emphasizing on its organic look with a slightly asymmetrical construction while creating a comfort providing the same pleasure as eating this mighty fruit.

Its Ultra soft foam associated with a stretchable fabric helps to adjust to the user's body, creating a nest effect. 

The sofa's continuous seating and armrest is also an invitation to lay sideways and enjoy different seating positions.

#7 - Maralunga from Cassina

The Maralunga is a symbol of innovation. Its Italian designer: Vico Magistretti wanted to create a sofa with multiple use, introducing in 1974 the first patented backrest that unfolds and move upwards, to form a head-rest.

The mechanism was originally activated by a simple bike chain hidden into the sofa frame and is still considered today as one of the most convenient system to improve the user's comfort or room's look.

Nowadays the sofa possesses a removable slipcover when in a fabric version.

#8 - Maxwell from Restoration Hardware

Usually presented in its vintage leather, the Maxwell collection looks like a collection who already survived many years of use.

Its clean and streamlined silhouette helps to fit the sofa in several interior types whiles its mix of foam and feather seating composition gives you the best of both worlds: a supportive yet plush seating.

The Maxwell collection is hand-crafted with Kiln-dried solid wood.

#9 - Prado from Ligne Roset

Almost invisible if not pointed out, the Prado collection features independent backrests with non-slip system that can be freely positioned on its bench seating structure.

German designer Christian Werner created a seating that can become alternatively a traditional sofa, a chaise lounge or a bed depending on how the backrests are placed.

The reverse of the seat cushion is covered in mattress ticking to further reinforce its sleeping feature. The Prado sofa can come with optional armrest pillows that can also be freely positioned on the structure.

#10 - Mera from Rolf Benz

The Mera sofa is the swiss knife of the furniture industry: Not only it conceals a great amount of technology, but it also looks surprisingly sleek.

Its seat cushions can rotate to form alternatively a lounge or a regular seat. The backrests can be raised up and down and recline about 30 degrees depending on the user's preferred comfort. The side part can be folded down to a horizontal position by means of a detent mechanism.

Made in Germany, it is rare to find a sofa which offers so much functionality.

 

There are many more iconic sofas on the high-end furniture market, which one do you have ?

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