Creating a bespoke piece, meant that we could not only select the colours and materials that were perfect for the space but also that we could get the exact size and shape and proportion that would complement the scale of the room.
I began the design process, as I do for every project by working on the floor plan to see what size and shape and piece works best in the room. Only when I am certain of the this do I begin to think about the design. The next step to consider is the functionality. Is this a sofa for lounging, for formal entertaining? For both?
Comfort is a very subjective concept and we always begin our process by discussing with the client what level of softness they prefer, we consider the type of back support that is required. Optimal seat depths and arm heights will vary depending on the height of the user and the way they use the piece. We need to understand all these factors before we begin the designing the piece so it means spending time with each client to fully understand their needs.
So after, narrowing down the shape, scale and proportions of the piece, we select the optimal internal fillings so that we can achieve the optimal level of softness.
Some of our clients like to sink into deep, soft cushioning that feels cozy and comforting, others require firm support. We need to decide on the filling before we select the type of fabrics as some fabrics look better with a crisp firm seat and others work better with a more rounded sense of softness.
So for the Cameron sofa, I knew immediately that I wanted a curved sofa for this space. I began by sketching a curved shape on the floor plan so that I could get a feel of how it would fill the room.
This was a large open plan room with entertaining, dining and living space all in one. In such an expansive space, I felt that the room needed a big piece to anchor the various elements in the room. So instead of having several smaller pieces, I opted for this oversized piece. I wanted the lines of the sofa to be strong and confident so the sofa is not raised on legs. Instead, I opted for a solid base, to give a feeling of weight and permanence. This sofa is unapologetically bold. There is a poised, reassuring quality about this piece, -almost a sense that it’s strength will wrap you in an envelop of protection, a perfect place to retreat after a hard day.
This was a multifunctional room that would serve as an area for entertaining as well as a space to unwind with a good movie at the end of the day. The sofa had to be comfortable and welcoming but at the same time elegant enough for entertaining. The shape has an organic quality to it. There is a softness in the lines that is welcoming, inviting you to lean back and rest. But the piece also had to look smart enough to impress guest and complement the elegance of the room, so I have selected a channel stitch design for the seat back. The regularity of the channel stitch design, balances the rounded forms, giving the piece a sophisticated feel that is is less formal than chesterfield buttoning but equally crisp.
It is only after we have selected the shape, scale, proportion, filling and type of fabric for the piece that we start to think about colour. And with this piece we certainly had some fun!
Check out this month’s The Peak Magazine for my feature article “Form meets Function” featuring our very own Cameron Sofa.