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Italian Mid-Century Modern Raffles Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Depadova, 1988
By ICF De Padova, Vico Magistretti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern raffles sofa by Vico Magistretti for Depadova, 1988 Raffles three-seat sofa, with original blue cotton upholstery and wooden structure with front legs on ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Vico Magistretti for Depadova Three-Seat Sofa Model Raffles
By DePadova 1, Vico Magistretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Vico Magistretti's tribute to be famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Dark-stained adjustable beech legs, frame in steel and wood with elastic straps, variable-density polyurethane foa...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Sofas

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Upholstery, Beech

Vico Magistretti Raffles Sofa Designed in 1988 and Produced by DePadova, Italy
By DePadova 1, Vico Magistretti
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
DePadova Italy, contemporary New production, customized for the Apartment, of the Raffles sofa designed by Vico Magistretti in 1988. Produced by Depadova. Available in different ...
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2010s Italian Sofas

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Vico Magistretti for Depadova Three-Seat Sofa Model Raffles
By DePadova 1, Vico Magistretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Vico Magistretti's tribute to be famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Dark-stained adjustable beech legs, frame in steel and wood with elastic straps, variable-density polyurethane foa...
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

Finding the Right Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for a sofa, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.