10 Iconic Sofa Designs You Need to Know

Rococo-Style Sofa, 18th Century

"In the 18th century, seats stopped being used for formal occasions and started being used for comfort."

Chesterfield Sofa, 19th Century

It's easy to spot a Chesterfield couch because its back is tufted and its arms are thick and rolled up to the same height as the backrest.

Gondola Sofa, 1950s

Low, angular, and almost instantly recognizable, the Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall is a midcentury staple.

Serpentine Sofa, 1950

A stylish and practical way to view art at home. Unlike many sofas, the Serpentine sofa was not intended to simply provide seating against a wall.

Florence Knoll Sofa, 1954

That many designs from the middle of the 20th century showed a neo-formalism that didn't put a lot of emphasis on relaxing. Florence Knoll's slim chairs are a famous example of this. 

Bocca Sofa, 1970

People have come up with new colors and even added a lip ring to the Bocca sofa. You probably wouldn't put this piece in a den that's fit for a lounge, but it will make any room look better.

Camaleonda, 1970

The modular sofa is made up of many separate pieces that can be put together to make any shape or size sofa. You can also choose from a wide range of colors and fabrics to make it fit your style and your space.

Terrazza Sofa, 1973

For the most part, the midcentury period spawned seating that bespoke comfort and relaxation and blurred the boundary between indoor and outdoor space

Togo Sofa, 1973

 This is a big change from the more structured and angled midcentury sofas that came before it and from the other sofas on this list.


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