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Even the fluffiest sofa looks sporty and tailored when outlined in crisp edging. Whether zigzagged, contrast-stitched, or piped, the latest trend in upholstered furniture has us examining the seams.

Modern gray and orange armchair by Fritz Hansen

Minuscule Chair


Understated Scandinavian style is translated to an uncomplicated yet sophisticated chair design, courtesy of Dane Cecilie Manz. The upholstered seat is hand-stitched where the leather piping meets cloth around the contours of its shell.

Modern gray lounge chair with neon green piping

Ventura Lounge


Ten hues of drawstring stitching contrast Poliform’s multitude of fabric options, all wrapped around Massaud’s sinewy chair frame. We recommend the higher-contrast shades, from an electric blue to Giallo, pictured here.

La Mise by Luca Nichetto for Cassina

La Mise


The deceptively slouchy seating collection by young Italian designer Luca Nichetto is meticulously pieced together and finished with black, red, yellow, or white macro zigzag stitching on one of 148 colors of upholstery.

moroso yellow modern sofa

M.A.S.S.A.S. Sofa

The M.A.S.S.A.S. collection is compact and tidy, defined by the raised, tacking-like stitching along its seams. Upholstery fabric is bonded to wadding to create an ubersturdy covering for its polyurethane foam core.

PS 2012 Sofa by Nike Karlsson for Ikea

PS 2012 Sofa


This cozy three-seater is part of the retro-influenced PS collection. Moving away from what the designer calls “heavy, clumsy” modern sofas, this light and airy tubular-steel number is made with recyclable pocket springs.

piping hot cleon sofa

Cleon Sofa


This modular sectional has the low-slung, relaxed silhouette of an Italian sofa three times the price. Bright persimmon contrast stitching adds just the right amount of oomph to the otherwise neutral, khaki-inspired palette.

piping hot frolla armchair

Frolla Armchair


Someone’s finally done it: a high-design beanbag chair for adults. Frolla’s removable cover features cordonnet stitching in an electric blue yarn; the base fabric comes in beige or gray cotton.

Panchina by Antonio Citterio for Vitra



Italian designer and architect Antonio Citterio has worked with Vitra for 25 years, and these benches—part of the Grand Repos collection—demonstrate how classic lines can be updated without looking trendy.