Over time sofas have moved apart its functional boundaries transforming into a place to sleep, a playground, and especially after lockdown, a home office. They accompany us during home parties and TV watching.
According to the information of statista.com, the amount spent on sofas is expected to exceed 35,312 million dollars in 2022. The market is growing annually by 3.56%. Sofas dominate in the interiors turning into the significant decorative element and becoming a loud design statement. Loud and informative. Speaking to your personality and lifestyle, more than any other piece of furniture. Tell me what sofa you have, and I will tell you who you are. They make us be more demanding to its style, design and look for the competent sources of information scrupulously.
Agata Toromanoff is an art and design historian. Since she received her Master’s Degree in Art History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, she has been working in the art field taking the positions of art project manager, gallery program administrator, art consultant, collaborating with artists as well as designers to create limited edition design objects. In 2016 her book Chairs by Architects appeared. The carefully illustrated volume Sofas. 340 Iconic Designs by Agata Toromanoff was published in 2018 by Thames & Hudson.
This beautiful and indepth 256 page volume, along with 220 illustrations contains prominent sofas created in the 20th and the 21st centuries. They present the icons by 150 designers including design dinosaurs Le Corbusier, Josef Hoffmann, Charlotte Perriand, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and contemporary designers and architects Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Aric Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Paola Navone, Nendo, David Adjaye. 340 Iconic Designs by Agata Toromanoff is a directory organized in the alphabetical order containing the vivid recommendations for buying sofas and decorating rooms, which will be appreciated by design lovers.
Sofas became the first piece of furniture combining the firm skeleton structure, padding and the upholstery. The Egyptians were the upholstery pioneers burying their pharaohs with the expensive belonging including upholstery furniture. Although the origin of the term “upholstery” comes from the English word “upholder” used to a craftsman making fabric furnishings, the majority of the early upholstery was produced from leather as one of the most pressure resistant material. Life term of sofas mainly depends on the quality of their upholstery. In 2020 Fashionary International Limited published the textile encyclopaedia Textilepedia. This full fabrics guide with easy navigation contains 240 pages with illustrations on which one can find the fullest information about the upholstery including how to choose it, structural peculiarities of yarns and detailed characteristics of fabrics.