Floor pillows are not an incredible innovation … and stacks of cushions do not represent any new and sublime style. So why does this combination cushion-couch and sofa-sleeper seem so neat and yet fit so comfortably with our ideal of a cozy sofa to curl up and take a nap in? It is somehow simple yet colorful and supremely inviting.
The idea is almost too obvious – yet not obvious enough that we see these for sale at Ikea or making their way into hip urban neighborhoods. We already all have pillows, cushions and other modular and mobile padding we move around the home. This design just takes that concept and multiplies it into an entire sofa. Comprised of fifty individual soft and comfortable (white or colored) cushions, this flexible furniture object is also easily converted into much softer sleeping space than a futon.
In a way, it almost looks like a stack of sandbags … oh wait, designer Christian Hoegner tried that too. Maybe not quite as cushioned as the couch equivalent, it nonetheless would make for a nice way to stay off the sand while sitting at the beach. Another cushion-inspired design: a pillow (nicknamed ‘dad’) made out of a button-down men’s shirt.
“The cushionized sofa uses the smallest element of a sofa – the little pillow on top – as main component, which is multiplied and piled up to the shape of a sofa. Materials: metal base, stacked cushions with different fillings, assembled by a system of hook & loop fasteners.”
About the designers:
“LoFi-Studio was a trans-disciplinary design practice based in Brussels. Founded by German product designer and interior architect Christiane Högner, LoFi Studio developed products, furniture design, installations, concept developments and design strategies. Since 2016 LoFi Studio has merged with OS_Studio to promote OpenStructures – an open modular construction methodology that allows circular material flows and facilitates re-use and repair.”