When the time comes to “set up home”, some furnishings are simply not up for discussion. Even the most well-assorted couples can dig in their heels... after an engagement idyll when they both dreamt about the very same car, vacation, and vacuum cleaner. The number one item is the sofa. The sofa is the true king of furniture, considering how much time we spend lazing about on it, especially during the forced confinement we’ve been subjected to over the last couple of years. The sofa is a “litmus test” for lovers: what’s it to be? Wide, low, with an island, reclining, minimal, leather, velvet, with removable covers... a veritable minefield! Once upon a time, homes came with both dining room and living room. Today, without ever really choosing it, we’ve reduced our living space and yet the sofa still holds its own against the assorted competition of poufs, benches, cushions, sofa beds and Berber-style mattresses (which, after the age of sixty, entails greeting guests lying down, not out of rudeness but because it’s almost impossible to scramble back upright) that have tried and failed to undermine the sofa’s hegemony.
We write king, but of what kingdom? The kingdom of upholstery, of course.