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5 Sofas that Became Legends

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Despite the fact that we all know from childhood what sofa is and what is its direct purpose, sofa still remains one of the most exciting and versatile pieces of furniture. We present to you the most amazing sofas, which have become the part of the history of design.

5 Designer Sofas that Became Legends

Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dalí

Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dalí

Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dalí

This surreal sofa should be given an award for the most memorable form. It was created in 1937 by Salvador Dali with the participation of British patron Edward James. Its shape resembled lips of actress Mae West, one of the most controversial actresses of her time.

Many years later, in 1974, Salvador Dali repeated the same idea of a sofa in the form of lips, combining creative forces with Spanish designer Oscar Tuskets Blanca. Together they created a leather sofa, which decorated the Mae West room in Dali’s museum in Figueras.

Togo Ligne Roset

In 1973, the model, created by the famous designer Michel Ducaroy, was a real breakthrough in the furniture industry and has won the prestigious award Réné Gabriel at the Paris exhibition Salon des Arts Ménagers.

This prize is awarded to the most democratic and innovative pieces of furniture. The cozy sofa Togo is made of a high-quality polyurethane foam. Its pleated upholstery reminds Shar-Pei. Michel Ducaroy compares his creation with a tube of toothpaste, curved like a pipe.


Marshmallow, created by designer George Nelson and his assistant, Irving Harper, was presented to the public in 1956. And since then it is one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture. It consists of eighteen pillows of round shape resembling the marshmallow.

Pillows are attached to the frame of the glass fiber. The sofa is supported by the steel bed legs. Pillows come in a variety of colors: neutral (like gray); bright and playful. The sofas can be combined, creating long lines of benches.


Sofa Polder is a modern furniture item, which had become a classic in less than ten years: Dutch designer Hella Jongerius presented it in 2005.

Title of the sofa is translated from Dutch as “the land dried using dikes and drainage ditches”. It is very similar to the low and flat asymmetrical sofa.

The sofa has a wooden corpus, upholstered with fabric. It has space for four pillows of different forms. Around them there is a removable armrest, which can be used as a stand for magazines or utensils. Polder sofa is upholstered by five different types of fabric. It also emphasizes the asymmetry.


As it is well known, the legendary designer Isamu Noguchi, being a designer of furniture, was a sculptor to some extent. That is why he was so scrupulous in the choice of forms. His famous sofa Freeform was created in 1946.

This piece of furniture reminds river pebbles by its outlines. Noguchi himself called this form “soft rock”.

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