"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelley for Laverne

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The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Littell and Douglas Kelley for the adventurous New York manufacturer of luxury furniture, Laverne International. This sofa is in its details even more completely faithful to the architectural principles of classical Miesian modernism than were Mies van der Rohe's own furniture designs. This example was just reupholstered in several hides worth of the finest Spinney beck Italian leather (the frame was in great condition and was left untouched). The stitching on the upholstery exactly reproduces the original pattern of a hand-tufted grid punctuated by leather buttons -- a very labor-intensive technique, obviously inspired by Mies. This sofa looks stunning from every angle and is ridiculously comfortable.

Note the chrome-plated steel straps that support the upholstery in a beautiful catenary structure (see images 3 and 7), and the way the vertical members are split to accommodate joints securing the horizontal members (see image 8). Pure architecture.


  • Condition
    Excellent. Newly reupholstered with the finest Spinneybeck Italian leather..
  • Dimensions
    29.2 in. H x 73.5 in. W x 28.5 in. D
    74 cm H x 187 cm W x 72 cm D
  • Seat Height
    15 in. (38 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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