Eschewing sharp lines and tight corners for a far more bulbous take on the bed, Paola Navone’s low-lying design gives the effect of settling into an overstuffed cloud.
Behold, a seat as smooth—and enticing—as its namesake. Jean-Marie Massaud's Carmel chair for Poliform appears to melt into itself, with a few deep creases that make up the overstuffed arms and back. It's a beaut.
Place by Jasper Morrison for Vitra
Valencia designer Carlos Tiscar makes joints a virtue in his perfectly round, barrel-shaped molded woo and fabric Aro chair by Capdell, a Valencia manufacturer. Aro's elegant wood legs contrast with taut, invisibly attached upholstery.
Arch by Jean-Marie Massaud for MDF Italia
Statement sofas needn't be staid models of straight lines and solid colors. Mabel—contructed from Eurpoean hardwood and upholstered in a linen exclusively designed by Donna Wilson for British brand SCP—brings a bit of fun to the living room, and we'd very happily lounge on this bright settee.
Earlier this year, Dwell editors traveled to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and came back with their lists and pics of the best new designs from around the world. Here are their picks for sofas. You can also see these and more in the In the Modern World section of Dwell's September 2009 issue.
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