A great sofa is integral to every living space. Whether your decision is purely based on aesthetics or selected for ultimate comfort, the humble sofa helps define the space and get clear on your intention of life within it.
Below we have a list of Tigmi’s Top 10 Iconic Sofas of all time - chosen for their considered, original and enduring design. Most have reimagined structures that have transformed the way we think about furniture, breathing life and character into functional everyday objects. All of them timeless and iconic statement pieces that will never lose their appeal - testament to the ideas of the designers who created them.
Lara Sofa by Roberto Pamio, Noti Masari & Renato Toso for Stilwood
Creating a sunken living room feeling yet suspending it off the ground, the Lara Sofa was first designed in Italy circa 1960 by Roberto Pamio & Renato Toso – students of Carlo Scarpa. With the ability to separate in two parts, it has a comfortable and friendly presence of the spaces it occupies.
Percival Lafer Sofa
Percival Lafer, a Brazilian architect and furniture designer, made a lasting impact with his iconic sofa creations, gaining recognition in the mid-century modern design sphere. His sofas embodied innovation and accessibility, seamlessly blending modern aesthetics with functional comfort through the incorporation of polished and matte steel elements.
One notable example is the vintage MP-091 Percival Lafer Sofa. Crafted in Brazil during the 1960s, the upholstered element is ingeniously secured with leather sling strapping, providing both comfortable and sturdy support while adding a touch of design to the sofa's rear.
Le Bambole by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia
The iconic ‘Le Bambole sofa was inspired by the way a paper bag was set on the ground and squashed. How is that for a concept? Sculptural and bold, all parts are shaped like large cushions – offering comfort and the feeling of a soft embrace for the user.
Camaleonda by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia
Designed by Mario Bellini first in 1970, this inimitable design is a beloved ‘must have’ piece of design aficionados. Allowing several configurations, it redistributes itself with the innovative system of cables, hooks and rings that defines the characteristic look and modularity. Allowing you to enjoy the luxury of changing your mind as often as you desire, moving and redesigning the space – aka ultimate freedom.
Togo 3 Seater by Michel Ducarot for Ligne Roset
Definitely having its renaissance moment, the Togo Lounge Settee was another icon of the 1970s. Designed by Michel Ducarot, the Togo modular collection is one of the most recognisable from its era, featuring a low-profile it is a plush and extremely comfortable place to relax.
Mario Marenco Sofa
The Marenco 3-Seater Sofa was created by the accomplished architect and designer Mario Marenco. Collaborating with renowned brands like Arflex, Artemide, Bernini, B&B, and Comfortline, Marenco made a lasting impact on the design world.
This sofa is a testament to his innovative approach, boasting a unique design and versatile modularity that transcends time, making it a timeless piece of contemporary furniture.
With its invisible metal structure ensuring firmness and anchored cushions providing unmatched comfort, the Marenco sofa beautifully blends modernity and enduring allure, embodying Mario Marenco's distinctive design philosophy.
Anfibio Sofa Bed by Alessandro Becchi for Giovannetti
Designed by Alessandro Becchi in the 1970’s, the ‘Anfibio’ (amphibian) sofa is perhaps the precursor to the futon couch. Easily transformed into a large double bed, it features an in-built sheepskin mattress when folded out. An icon of pop-art design, the Anfibio is an emblematic example of modern Italian design.
Trio Sofa by Team Form AG for COR
Created in 1972 by Team Form AG in Switzerland, the Cor blends seamlessly with its simple forms into any environment. 'Seamless' in a metaphorical way of course, because the double outer seam lends Trio an unmistakable character and at the same time demonstrates its high-quality and intricate workmanship. Comprising of three simple elements creating a reclaimer, lounging area and an XXL sofa.
Soriana Sofa by Tobia and Afra Scarpa for Cassina
Created in 1968, the Soriana Sofa was designed hastily when the couple were briefed by Cassina to create a radical new sofa in two-months. Inspired to use the material of the moment, expanding poluerethane, the Scarpa’s set to the task – going on to win a prestigious Compasso d’Oro award for its visual complexity achieved with simplicity. The Soriana is a low and soft design that invites the sitter to really sink in. Its standout feature is the minimalist chromed wire structure that cinch and push the cushions in to place, adding another element to what would otherwise be an amorphous design.
Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
The iconic Strips Modular Sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex. Awarded the Compasso D'Oro prize, this design offers endless configuration possibilities. Boeri's innovative approach and commitment to enhancing quality of life are evident in this sofa, showcasing her focus on optimising functionality in smaller spaces and understanding the dynamics between humans and their environments. With fully removable quilted covers, this revolutionary model transformed the furniture market in the late 60s, leaving a lasting impact as an enduring seating system.