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Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Choosing a sofa is no small task. There are many aspects that go into the process of choosing a sofa that is the right fit for you as well as your lifestyle, and it can be an overwhelming process. Finding a sofa that fits your style, aesthetic, needs, preferences, and existing home is only a small part of all of the thought that goes into choosing the right sofa for you. This is why hiring an interior design expert can be so beneficial. Not only do you have an expert who is able to lead you through the design process while considering all of the smallest details for you, but you also are able to spend less time on the process while remaining highly confident in the quality of the outcome.

Listed below are several examples of sofas that fit many different styles of rooms. These classic, timeless sofas are especially great options for a mid-century, modern home that are often found in California bungalow, boho, California coastal, and modern architecture homes. You may even find any number of these sofas mixed into other design styles so that rooms don't become too "stuffy” or when individuals are looking for a furniture piece that is more clean lined. The fantastic aspect of these sofas is that they can fit into all of these styles while being either dressed up or down depending on whether an individual is aiming for more of a minimalist or traditional approach. Additionally, there are also some very iconic MCM furniture pieces available for a statement piece that can be added to your home. In this particular list, these sofas are more of an everyday or approachable use. Although, some sofas in this list can be doubled as a set or mixed and matched together according to your goals.

A few things to keep in mind when selecting a sofa for your personal lifestyle and goals are to consider the style aspects themselves. Leather vs fabric upholstery - this is a personal preference that can be heavily influenced by your lifestyle. A few examples of this include taking kids and pets into consideration since cleaning sometimes becomes more of a factor when deciding on your sofa choice. Cognac or camel leathers are a classic option while neutral grays and creams are more of a bold statement due to selecting a solid color. Textured fabrics and slightly distressed leathers are additional options that give character to your furniture pieces while reflecting your personal style. Additional factors include a lot of personal preferences such as wood vs metal legs which provide details in the shape of the sofa, and tufted vs smooth upholstery which is also a personal preference depending on the look that you want. No matter what you choose, staying true to your own personal style is what matters in the selection process.

1 - Eliot Leather Sofa

Soft as butter leather and a clean, minimal look pair up beautifully for a sofa that’s pure class. Handcrafted from top to bottom, the Eliot Sofa in leather has an eye-catching silhouette that’s the perfect mix of class and comfort. Choose to upholster yours in any shade of leather you like to create a one-of-a-kind piece that’s brimming with character and promises to be a favorite for generations to come.

2 - Kirnik Sofa

The Kirnik Sofa is a meant for lounging. Overstuffed side back pillows offer up multiple positions for hanging out and getting comfortable. Details like piping accentuate the upholstery, while a solid wood base with tapered lines give it plenty of room to breathe.

3 - Towne Sofa

Mid-century style meets this-century ease. The Towne Sofa features a slender profile, elevated metal base and blind tufted cushions that bring a touch of refinement to contemporary residential or commercial spaces – without sacrificing comfort. Whether you’re curled up with a novel or gathered for game night, the Towne sofa makes daily rituals extra special. The frame is constructed with kiln-dried 100% FSC®-Certified hardwood in support of responsible forest management. Also available as a Lounge and Bi-Sectional.  

4 - Hopson Grand Sofa

Boasting an extra-long frame and iconic Mid-century modern accents, the Hopson Grand sofa combines design and function. Combine elegance, comfort, and the size your family craves in one stunning sofa. Recall glamour of a bygone era while embracing the timeless style only Mid-century details can capture. This is truly the sofa that does it all.

5 - Foundry Sofa

The Foundry Upholstery Series showcases tailored minimalism with details that elevate fashion and function to suit any residential or commercial setting. Inspired by elements of classic Scandinavian design, the Foundry Sofa offers ample sophistication as a standalone piece, showcasing striking lines, an extra slender tightback frame and seat cushions that seem to float above elevated, cylindrical steel legs. Two bolsters on the sofa offer additional style and comfort, while the sturdy, steel reinforced FSC®-Certified frame ensures that Foundry holds up in high-traffic environments. Available in fabric and leather. Our leather hides are carefully selected for their raw, natural surface characteristics which make each piece unique.

6 - Paul McCobb Sofa

Lacquer maple frame reupholstered with great plains nubby cotton fabric with 2 knife edge pillows. The signal aesthetic attribute of McCobb designs is that he completely forsook ornament — his pieces have no flourishes. And yet, because they are honest — the sofas are made of solid wood, usually maple or birch, often paired with frames and legs of wrought iron; the cabinets are traditionally scaled; the seating pieces have historic antecedents such as the Windsor chair — McCobb’s mid-century modern work has warmth and presence.

7 - Johannes Spalt for Wittmann Constanze Sofa

This sofa or daybed, designed by architect Johannes Spalt, is typical for mid-century modern design from Austria of the 1960s. The tufted cognac leather seat and backrest is constructed with a rounded base underneath, also upholstered in leather. A rather rare feature for the well known model called 'Constanze'. This particular model in patinated cognac is a rich and warm appearance because of this base. By only one hand movement the piece turns from a comfortable sofa to daybed.

8 - Pierson

If you love modern lines but seek true comfort, the Pierson leather sofa is the ideal place for you to unwind. The down-blend cushions and seat depth provide generous room for relaxing, but the thin profile keeps things modern. In addition to the fabric options, you can personalize the base.

9 - Jane 2 Sofa

A modern update to the classic Gus* Modern Jane Series, the Jane 2 Sofa retains the iconic, mid-century look while adding contemporary enhancements. Piped upholstery edges and button-tufted cushions create photogenic surface details that are enhanced by Jane 2, new, more refined proportions. A new wood base (available in light or dark wood finish) is inset on each piece, creating a sense of weightlessness that maximizes light and space. The frame is constructed with kiln-dried 100% FSC®-Certified hardwood in support of responsible forest management.

10 - Hughes Leather Sofa

A timeless contemporary profile that’s stunning in luxuriously soft full-grain leather creates a handsome centerpiece to any setting. Our handcrafted Hughes Sofa in leather means never settling for less than the very best for your living space. Solidly built to last for generations, genuine top-grain leather ensures your investment weathers the test of time gorgeously and will eventually develop a rich patina that’s as full of character and stories as your home is.

11 - Atwood Sofa

The Atwood Sofa is a tailored design which features a blind-tufted seat, back, and arms, along with piping details which lend to a clean, sophisticated look. The solid wood perimeter base is walnut finish with tapered legs. Made with FSC®-Certified hardwood in support of responsible forest management. Part of the Atwood Series, the Sofa matches perfectly with the Atwood Chair, Bi-Sectional and Lounge.

12 - Wallace Sofa

The Wallace Sofa is a modern reinterpretation of the classic English Chesterfield design. The channel-stitched leather upholstery on the seat, back, and arms creates a surface that is both visually striking and remarkably comfortable. Piping details, sloping armrests and an angular wooden base add sculptural, contemporary flair, while luxurious channeled padding make it perfect for lounging. Available in three vintage leathers, chosen for their unique grain characteristics that will age beautifully and develop a rich natural patina over time. Matches perfectly with the Wallace Chair.

13 - Krull Sofa

This sofa boasts a low, tight, mid-century-style silhouette with intriguing sapphire olive-colored upholstery. The frame is made from solid parawood and it sits on straight legs with an elegant, but subtle taper. An aspen gray finish adds a stately touch to the wood, which crisply complements the polyester-blend upholstery up top. We love the look of the recessed tuxedo arms paired with the tight, tufted seat and back. Foam and synthetic fiber fill round out this sofa with a padded touch that's perfect for both sitting and reclining.

14 - Macalester Leather Sofa

The classic chesterfield gets a modern twist. Our Macalester leather sofa adds plenty of personality with lots of comfort. The high back and arms invite you to curl up in the corner, while the blend-down bench seat cushion encourages you to stretch out and relax.

There are so many different sofas to choose from when it comes to decorating. You can find a style you love and design an entire room around it to match the aesthetic, or you can find a new favorite statement piece that can tie a whole room together. Whatever you decide, finding the best fit for you and your lifestyle is our goal when it comes to furnishing your home with pieces that are 'just right' for you. Reach out today to start a conversation and learn what's possible for you! Looking for more information on how to choose a good quality sofa? Click here to read our blog!

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