Modern Sofas

Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Nube Italia Tender Sofa in Orange Upholstery by Carlo Colombo
Nube Italia Tender Sofa in Orange Upholstery by...
Carlo Colombo, Nube Italia
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Metal frame with braided elastic belts and internal multi-layered wood backrest. Seat cushions in feather and shape retaining polyurethane foam, covered in Nortek cotton. Backrest cu...
"Koala" Suite by Elizabeth Garouste & Mattia Bonetti, France, 1990s
"Koala" Suite by Elizabeth Garouste & Mattia Bo...
Mattia Bonetti, Elizabeth Garouste
1990s French Modern Living Room Sets
Velvet, Wood, Bronze
The suite consists of a sofa with asymmetrical arm- and backrests in purple velvet, an over upholstered bergere in a light salmon and a circular foot stool upholstered in crushed pin...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Helios Lounge with Custom Frame, Orange
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Helios Loung...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Cast Stone
The Helios lounge is a revolutionary piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the Helios warms your entire body...
Armchair in Vegetable Tanned Leather and Oiled Laser-Cut Steel
Armchair in Vegetable Tanned Leather and Oiled ...
Klein Agency
2010s American Modern Sofas
Cut Steel, Leather
Bulging over its edges, this contemporary single sofa seat by Klein Agency screams comfort. Puffy cushions hug the laser cut steel frame, creating a supple cocoon, demanding you to w...
Seletti Sofa “Comfy”, Charcoal Grey
Seletti Sofa “Comfy”, Charcoal Grey
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas
Cotton, Polyester, Wood
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Ether Velvet Sofa

Ether Velvet Sofa

By Jonathan Adler
Ether Velvet Sofa
Jonathan Adler
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet
Heaven sent. The Ether sofa has a simple genesis story: JA wanted to create a sofa that looks and feels like heaven. The lozenge-like silhouette is enveloping and inviting, while gle...
21st Century Custom Handmade Contemporary Velvet and Solid Brass Leg Sofa
21st Century Custom Handmade Contemporary Velve...
Troy Smith
2010s Italian Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet
21st century custom handmade contemporary velvet and solid brass leg sofa. Flute sofa Contemporary and timeless this classically modern designed flute sofa is custom-made by hand...
1970s Vintage De Sede DS 44 Three-Seat Buffalo Leather Sofa, Brown
1970s Vintage De Sede DS 44 Three-Seat Buffalo ...
De Sede
Vintage 1970s Swiss Modern Sofas
Leather, Wood
Beautiful three-seat De Sede sofa, in beautiful brown shades, De Sede Mod. DS 44 from the 1970s - out of production. Thick buffalo leather, freestanding. Extendable seat, amazing pat...
RS001 Sofa by Robert Stilin for FERRER
RS001 Sofa by Robert Stilin for FERRER
FERRER
2010s American Modern Sofas
Bronze, Leather, Mohair, Linen
An original three-seat sofa designed with custom form. Upholstered in luxurious alpaca mohair by Loro Piana. Side supports covered in neutral cocoa linen by Loro Piana. Bronze bar de...
Custom Designed Daybed with Flora Inspired Base...
Cain Modern
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Daybeds
Bronze, Cotton, Wood
Not exactly flirtatious, certainly not sweet the Flora daybed guarantees sensuous drama. Exquisite flora inspired details adorn this highly seductive piece. A delicate branch-li...
Truss Sofa in Maharam Clavicle Fabric & Powder-...
TRNK
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas
Steel, Fabric
The Truss sofa combines an elegant, yet practical design with a lean, refined profile that spares no expense to comfort. Pictured above in Clavicle, the Truss line is available in a ...
Pair of 1970s Vintage De Sede DS 44 Two-Seat Bu...
De Sede
Vintage 1970s Swiss Modern Sofas
Leather, Wood
Beautiful two-seat De Sede sofa, in beautiful brown shades, De Sede Mod. DS 44 from the 1970s, out of production. Thick buffalo leather, freestanding. Extendable seats, amazing patin...
Contemporary Madda Lounge Chair in Pixel Phanto...
Michael Felix
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs
Metal
The Madda is a contemporary interpretation of the classic club chair. The metal base fully wraps around the chair, as if to squeeze it into its plump and comfortable upper seating ar...
Vintage 1960s Otto Zapf Modular Sofa & Lounge C...
Otto Zapf, Vitsoe
Vintage 1960s German Modern Sofas
Fabric, Mohair, Fiberglass, Wood
Beautiful vintage modular set, landscape seating, sofa and/or lounge chairs with stools, designed by Otto Zapf for Vitsoe, rare fiberglass base, solid made seats, with the authentic ...
Wedge Modular Sofa LAXseries by MASHstudios
LAXseries
2010s American American Modern Sectional Sofas
Wool
Taking inspiration from the natural forms found in mountain ranges, our Wedge sofa is anything but stationary. The modular design creates endless configurations, adapting to the size...
Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa and Ottoman Upho...
Directional, Vladimir Kagan Design Group, Inc.
Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas
Leather
Stunning serpentine sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and manufactured by Directional Inc. The sofa and ottoman are upholstered in beautiful sage Eldeman leather and it is very smooth...
Clasp Modern Sofa, a Contemporary Three-Seat Up...
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
2010s American Modern Sofas
Fabric
The Clasp collection is a range of tight upholstered furniture that is edgy and embracing. The footprint of each piece; lounge, loveseat and sofa are ideal for smaller spaces. An uph...
Blush Ultra Suede 80s Modern Ruched Arm Sofa W...
Steve Chase
Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas
A very modern and glamorous sofa in the very current color of "blush" ultra suede. The sofa came out of a very high end 1980s Palm Springs estate. The arms have a unique ruched front...
Matching Swivel Chair and Sofa by Jack Lenor La...
Jack Lenor Larsen
20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs
This modern living room set consists of a swivel chair and a three-seat sofa. Designed by Jack Lenor Larsen for Larsen Furniture.  
Mid-Century Modern Purple Velvet Sofa / Settee ...
Knoll, Charles Pfister
20th Century American Modern Sofas
Upholstery
This ultra modern boxy custom settee designed by Charles Pfister for the home or office is upholstered in a deep aubergine / purple cotton velvet. The arm height is 24". Seat he...
Gio Ponti Curved Three-Seat Sofa, 1940
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Rare, 8 foot wide curved three-seat sofa with 100 percent down filled cushions by Gio Ponti made for Fede Cheti, Italy, circa late 1930. Available in our Gallery is also a matching 6...

Charles Ramos Settee

By Maison Ramos
Charles Ramos Settee
Maison Ramos
Mid-20th Century French Modern Settees
Brass, Velvet, Wood
Vintage settee by Charles Ramos with gilt aluminum legs and fresh velvet upholstery.
Putty Leather and Antique Brass Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
A custom designed combination of our Inheritance collection sofa. Warm Putty leather upholstery with olive webbing with cognac leather belts, antique brass buckles on an antique bras...
Sofo Modular Sofa by Super Studio/ Reissued by ...
Superstudio
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sectional Sofas
Fabric, Foam
Sofo is a seat to place in a row, like a train, or to stack to build solid, colorful mountains. It is simply a block made with an S-shaped cut from a cube of polyurethane, covered wi...
Tailor Lounge Sofa in Natural Oak and Light Gre...
Rui Alves
21st Century and Contemporary Norwegian Modern Sofas
Wool, Upholstery, Oak
Tailor lounge sofa in natural oak and light grey wool. Portuguese designer Rui Alves was inspired to create The Tailor Sofa by the memory of his grandfather’s favourite tailor sho...
Modern Sofa in Powder-Coated Steel with Planter...
Supaform
21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Sofas
Steel
This Avant Garde sofa is made of high-quality powder-coated steel. The sofa can be complemented by a plant in a special pot-leg. Also, the sofa can be used with or without back cushi...
Contempo Curved Back Sofa, Luxury Velvet Uphols...
2010s Turkish Modern Sofas
Leather, Velvet
A classical design is reborn with the Contempo sofa. Offering the bold characteristics of a classic rolled arm, the Contempo successfully merges its timeless beauty with modern day c...
Steve Chase Custom Marshmallow Tufted L Shape S...
Steve Chase
Vintage 1980s American Modern Sofas
Steve Chase is one of the most influential designers of all time. He among other things, was known for his iconic upholstered pieces including sofas, beds and chairs. On the top of t...
Contempo Curved Sofa, Contemporary Velvet Sofa ...
2010s Turkish Modern Sofas
Steel, Velvet
The Contempo Sofa by Maurizio Manzoni is the rebirth and celebration of a classical design. Offering the bold characteristics of a classic rolled arm, the Contempo successfully merge...
Garden Swing Sofa, Contemporary Woven Outdoor S...
2010s Italian Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Metal
Two-seat garden swing sofa with aluminium frames epoxy painted for outdoors. Mat in extruded polyethylene, water-proof, hand woven. Features: washable, light, soft, resistant to wat...
Stylish Italian Sofa Brass Legs, circa 1970s
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet, Foam, Wood
One of a kind Italian sofa, fit for any office or home space. This sofa has been completely and professionally restored. Has been upholstered in a calm and cheerful green color fabri...
Solid Steel and Leather Bench by Yves Saint Lau...
Yves Saint Laurent
20th Century Modern Benches
For the Uber sophisticated, a rare piece of Yves Saint Laurent furniture. A one of a kind bench constructed of solid steel and upholstered in butter soft leather. This bench is solid...
Hand-Dyed Indigo Canvas and Blackened Steel Two...
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather, Canvas
This update to our Simon Miller USA collaboration sofa has naturally dyed indigo cotton canvas upholstery atop a blackened steel frame with indigo webbing and veg tan leather support...
Vintage Military Canvas and Marbled Rust Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather, Canvas
Created in 2011, this is the original version of The Inheritance Collection Sofa. Inspired by the inherent history seen in vintage US Army materials paired with a minimal, stripped-d...
Cognac Brown Leather and Blackened Steel Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather
A new sofa in our leather series, this version of the Inheritance Collection sofa has a rich cognac leather upholstery from Moore & Giles atop a blackened steel frame with black ...
Walnut Brown Leather and Antique Brass Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather
A new sofa in our leather series, this version of the Inheritance Collection sofa has a rich Walnut leather upholstery atop an antique brass steel frame with natural cotton webbing, ...
Indigo Leather and Antique Brass Two Seat Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather
This new addition to our line of two-seat sofas has a soft Indigo leather upholstery, indigo cotton webbing, and oxblood leather belts, and an antique brass frame. The seat cushions ...
Vintage Military Canvas and Blackened Steel Two...
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather, Canvas
This tweak on the original version of the Inheritance two-seat sofa has the same vintage military canvas upholstery, but with a blackened steel frame finish and olive webbing and nat...
Natural Canvas and Polished Brass Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Canvas
Light and luxurious, this sofa has natural canvas cushion covers, natural cotton webbing, vegetable tanned leather, and polished brass buckles, atop a polished brass frame. This i...
Natural Canvas and Antique Copper Sofa
Stephen Kenn
2010s American American Modern Sofas
Steel, Canvas
That perfect combination of soft upholstery and aged looking steel. This sofa has natural canvas cushion covers, natural cotton webbing, vegetable tanned leather, and antique brass b...
Mayweather Sofa 2.0 with Tufted Back, Nickel Le...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sofas
Velvet, Nickel
The Mayweather is the exception to large sofas with hulking masses. An abstracted, tufted pattern has been created on the back cushions. The loose seat cushions on the 2.0 are surrou...
Mayweather Sofa 2.0 with Tufted Silk Velvet Bac...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sofas
Bronze, Velvet
The Mayweather is the exception to large sofas with hulking masses. An abstracted, tufted pattern has been created on the back cushions. The loose seat cushions on the 2.0 are surrou...
Mancini Tête-à-Tête, Tufted Back in Blue Silk V...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sofas
Bronze, Velvet
The playful composition of the Mancini Tête-à-Tête’s seating pairs beautifully with its rigorous architectural base. Shown in silk velvet with a silicon bronze base. Also available w...
Liston Sectional, Tuxedo Arms and Velvet Quilte...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sectional Sofas
Velvet
This fully upholstered piece, including the legs, has cutaway tuxedo arms and a back that floats away from the seat. Quilted seam detail on sides and back. Shown in French, cotton ve...
Armstrong Sofa with Blue Cotton Velvet and Bras...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet
An unabashedly architectural framework paired with an interior of pure comfort. Shown with solid brass frame and cotton and linen velvet fabric. Available in other metals. Down-fille...
Mancini Sofa with Tufted Back in Green Velvet a...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Sofas
Bronze, Velvet
The Mancini sofa has a seat specially constructed to float above the metal base and give it a singular Silhouette. Shown with a silicon bronze base and silk velvet. Also available wi...
Curved Sofa by Italian Manufacturer in Grey Fab...
20th Century Italian Modern Sofas
Brass, Fabric
Curved sofa with brass feet and upholstered with grey fabric, made in Italy. In the style of Federico Munari.
Phalanx Loveseat with Walnut Traysm in Holly Hu...
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
2010s American Modern Loveseats
Metal
Phalanx loveseat exudes a grounded yet sensual sensibility, its seat is tenderly clasped by a fully upholstered frame which is elevated by patinated legs. Removable wooden trays nest...
Minimalist Sofa in Hardwood, Metal and Fabrics,...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Modern Sofas
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, two places sofa, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. Bellow th...
Tuya Sofa, Contemporary Sectional in Holly Hunt...
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
2010s American Modern Sofas
Metal
Tuya collection is both architectural and modern, the clean lines and smooth curves send your eye on a visual journey around every piece. This collection contains both seating and su...
Klippen Sofa in White Holly Hunt Dark Taupe Vel...
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
2010s American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
The Klippen collection is elegant and dynamic, contemporary and sophisticated, the pieces speak volumes about the spaces they inhabit. Soft radiuses juxtaposed with faceted surfaces ...
Tuya Sofa, in off White Holly Hunt Fabrics, Dar...
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
2010s American Modern Sofas
Metal
Tuya collection is both architectural and modern, the clean lines and smooth curves send your eye on a visual journey around every piece. This collection contains both seating and su...
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, sofa, minimalist...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Modern Sofas
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, two places sofa with arms, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. ...
B&B Italia Sofa, Large Loveseat / SATURDAY SALE
B&B Italia
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Sofas
Metal
This newly upholstered Italian B&B sofa is from the 1980s. It is in an off-white textural checkerboard upholstery fabric. The sculptural arms add a dimension. It has black metal ...
B&B Italia Designer Leather Sofa Crème Corner C...
Zanotta
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Sofas
Leather
We bring to you a B&B Italia designer leather sofa crème corner couch.
Laauser Corvus Designer Sofa Corner-Sofa Footst...
Laauser
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Sofas
Leather
We bring to you a Laauser Corvus designer sofa corner-sofa footstool set leather red couch.
Laauser Corvus Designer Sofa Leather Red Three-...
Laauser
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Sofas
Leather
We bring to you a Laauser Corvus designer sofa leather red three- seat couch modern.
Laauser Corvus Designer Corner Sofa Leather Red...
Laauser
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Sofas
Leather
We bring to you a Laauser Corvus designer corner-sofa leather red three-seat couch modern.
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