7 Modern Sofas We Love

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February 13, 2014
If you’re on the hunt for a great modern sofa, consider the following from our pages—some iconic, some off the beaten path.
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  Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.   Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus. 

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  A multi-generational home in San Diego, California, elegantly combines sustainability and luxury.A vintage lamp and George Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Spool clock
embody the mid-century feel of Soheil and Nima Nakhshab’s design for a California family home.Photo by Ye Rin Mok.   Photo by: Ye Rin Mok

    A multi-generational home in San Diego, California, elegantly combines sustainability and luxury.A vintage lamp and George Nelson’s Marshmallow sofa and Spool clock
embody the mid-century feel of Soheil and Nima Nakhshab’s design for a California family home.Photo by Ye Rin Mok. 

    Photo by: Ye Rin Mok

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  Vintage finds abound in the two-bedroom apartment German designer Christiane Högner shares with her partner (and their new baby) in Brussels. It's a testament to the couple's philosophies: There is beauty in the ordinary, if you just keep your eyes open for it. And its corollary: Don't accumulate too much. Photo by Céline Clanet.   Photo by: Céline Clanet

    Vintage finds abound in the two-bedroom apartment German designer Christiane Högner shares with her partner (and their new baby) in Brussels. It's a testament to the couple's philosophies: There is beauty in the ordinary, if you just keep your eyes open for it. And its corollary: Don't accumulate too much. Photo by Céline Clanet. 

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city.The travertine terrace just beyond the living room has a pair of chairs, coffee table, and sofa by local furniture maker Saccaro. Photo by Matthew Williams.   Photo by: Matthew Williams

    São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city.The travertine terrace just beyond the living room has a pair of chairs, coffee table, and sofa by local furniture maker Saccaro. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits.The indoor-outdoor Grand Plié sofa and Piaffé table, which the couple designed for Driade, perfectly suit the whitewashed courtyard, with curving silhouettes that echo the surrounding stonework. Photo by Francesco Bolis.   Photo by: Francesco Bolis

    The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits.The indoor-outdoor Grand Plié sofa and Piaffé table, which the couple designed for Driade, perfectly suit the whitewashed courtyard, with curving silhouettes that echo the surrounding stonework. Photo by Francesco Bolis. 

    Photo by: Francesco Bolis

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  After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years.Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers spent years rehabilitating the Douglas House. The double-height living room features a custom sofa and low table of Meier’s design, and an Edward Fields rug based on a sketch Le Corbusier created in 1956 for a Tokyo theater. Photo by Dean Kaufman. 

    After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years.Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers spent years rehabilitating the Douglas House. The double-height living room features a custom sofa and low table of Meier’s design, and an Edward Fields rug based on a sketch Le Corbusier created in 1956 for a Tokyo theater. Photo by Dean Kaufman. 

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  In this Brussels mansion, nothing has a price tag, but almost everything is for sale. Here, two design experts curate their fantasy house.When curating the rooms throughout their house, Udechuku and Smith mix borrowed pieces related to the temporary exhibition—such as the playful sculptural lamps crafted from found materials by Brazilian artist Rodrigo Almeida—with vintage American and European classics from their personal collection, such as a Florence Knoll sofa designed in 1954 and newly re-upholstered in a yellow Kvadrat fabric. "We have no opening hours but people call or knock and—if we are home—we welcome them in and put the kettle on." —Ike Udechuku. Photo by Chris Tubbs.   Photo by: Chris Tubbs

    In this Brussels mansion, nothing has a price tag, but almost everything is for sale. Here, two design experts curate their fantasy house.When curating the rooms throughout their house, Udechuku and Smith mix borrowed pieces related to the temporary exhibition—such as the playful sculptural lamps crafted from found materials by Brazilian artist Rodrigo Almeida—with vintage American and European classics from their personal collection, such as a Florence Knoll sofa designed in 1954 and newly re-upholstered in a yellow Kvadrat fabric. "We have no opening hours but people call or knock and—if we are home—we welcome them in and put the kettle on." —Ike Udechuku. Photo by Chris Tubbs. 

    Photo by: Chris Tubbs

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