Top 10 Sofas – Designers Pick

When I’m working on a project I spend so much time trying to source the right piece of furniture, or the perfect sofa for a room. Your sofa is one of the key pieces for your living room and it is really important to get it right, because you are not going to be changing it any time soon. It is an investment piece…..

So I have done the leg work for you and here are 10 of my favourite sofas. I hope you like them. 🙂

Bo Concept 

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The Fargo sofa is a gorgeous contemporary sofa that comes in a range sizes and fabrics. There is somewhat of a retro feel to this sofa, which I love.

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The Arco Sofa is a bit more of a statement piece and this one might not be the one for you if you are looking for a conventional sofa. Contrasting piping is really starting to make an appearance across the board and Bo Concept have embraced this trend with the Arco.


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I think that Ikea have really upped their game when it comes to their sofas. The Kivik sofa is a great example of this. It comes in a range of sizes and colours and there is no doubt that its simple design and clean lines will work in any space.

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The Karlstad sofa in leather is a great buy if you are looking for a leather sofa on a budget. It is really well made and extremely comfortable. Now I am not too sure about the pale legs, but it would be really easy to stain these a darker colour, if you didn’t like the pale ones.


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Industry is a gorgeous little shop on Smock Alley in Temple Bar. They specialise in industrial, vintage and recycled furniture and accessories, with a lot of the pieces being one offs. So you do need to keep an eye on what they have in stock. But I spotted this amazing sofa the other day, which I reckon will be snapped up pretty quick but I had to give it a mention. 🙂


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Article is a cool and quirky shop in Powerscourt Townhouse in the city centre. While they mainly sell accessories and quirky little bits and bobs, they do stock some large furniture, such as armchairs and sofas. I came across this beautiful grey Chesterfield sofa last week and fell in love. If only I had somewhere to put it at home. 🙁

Roche Bobois

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Now I know that the Mah Jong sofa (above) would not be suitable for the majority of us, but if you have a large family den or a media room then I think this is the perfect option. It is a statement all on its own! There is a large range of fabric choices,but this particular one is a collaboration with Missoni.

The Conran Shop @ Arnotts

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I absolutely love Chesterfield sofas, as you may have noticed. 🙂 I think they are timeless and elegant. And The Conran Shop has not disappointed with their version or it, the Pimlico Sofa. Their use of check fabric is very unexpected but it really works.

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The Naviglio sofa is the perfect leather sofa, in my opinion. It is simple and not over designed, like so many sofas are today. It would also work in a lot of different style interiors.

The Conran Collection @ M&S

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If The Conran Shop prices are slightly out of reach for you, you do not have to go without. Terence Conran has teamed up with Marks and Spencers and they are now going into their 3rd season working together. The designs are simple yet thoughtful with a Scandinavian feel. I think that the Byron sofa above is great, and it won’t break the bank.

Well I hope that I helped you if you are on a sofa mission. It is really important to get the right sofa for YOU, so make sure to do the leg work and do not buy out of a catalogue. Take the time to sit on it and make sure that it is comfortable.

If you are having any sourcing problems or you are just feeling uninspired, why not pop me an email at [email protected] and hopefully I can help.

Be Creative…

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.



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  1. October 23, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Oh how I love a good sofa, and yes space and fundage is often a ‘get in the way factor’
    Love Article & the M&S conran range.Nice article but must you torture me with such fab sofas ; ) especially the green bo concept one. Its super.