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Retro Vision: The Return of the Vintage Sofa

There’s nothing wrong with bringing home a brand-new sofa or chair from your favourite design store, but you do run the risk of your neighbour having the very same piece. Vintage furniture, on the other hand, is much more difficult to replicate—and it doesn’t hurt that it also adds instant character to a space.

From earth-tone palettes, mushroom lamps and wild houseplants to glamorous velvet, sleek chrome and homely rattan furniture, everything we loved about the 1970s is back in a big way.

That balance between offering thrilling, bold new designs while not sacrificing comfort sums up the spirit of this era. And, as we spend more time at home, the classics of the ’70s are back to show us how to meld cosiness with glamour.

Many styles have been reissued in contemporary fabrications and materials by present-day manufacturers, while some require a little more digging to find originals. These are some of the most sought after designs from the past, today.

Togo Sofa

Originally designed by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset in 1973 the Togo Sofa has become a design classic. This three-piece modular set is incredibly versatile and can be configured into one large corner sofa or split for a multitude of seating arrangements.

Comprising of an armchair, one corner seat, one small sofa, the set features orange fabric upholstery. Featuring an ergonomic design and all-foam seating, the construction makes this piece both visually attractive and physically inviting.

 Tobia and Afra Scarpa’s Soriana

Designed in 1969, Soriana lounge chair still today main­tains the same design concept and char­ac­ter­is­tic aesthetic allure while its construc­tion and mate­ri­als have been completely rede­vel­oped for an eco-friendly version that has the aim of creat­ing a lower envi­ron­men­tal impact and a higher level of comfort.

The “Soriana Chair” was the first piece designed in the collection and won the Compasso D’oro in 1969 for its design. A unique piece of art that would fit well in a more eclectic Hollywood Regency-inspired interior as in a more monochromatic Minimalist Maria Pergay style decor.

Cassina ‘Soriana’ Cognac Leather Sofa by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, 1970’s A$29,480.00 | Source: 1stDibs

The Camaleonda

Bulbous yet inviting, unique yet versatile, Camaleonda was one of the first modular sofas to go mainstream, preceding what would come to be a widely-adopted design choice. Making a comeback in a big way is the Camaleonda sofa. Designed by Mario Bellini, the reissue of this vintage design has preserved the elements that made it a contemporary classic.

The sectional elements this sofa was made with can be used freely and apart from one another. The backs and armrests are provided with rings and carabiners, which allows the user to create a perfect ‘seating landscape.’ This design became famous almost immediately after it was featured in the exhibition ‘The New Domestic Landscape’ held in the MOMA Museum in 1972.

Source: Denizen

Ekstrem Chair

A boundary-pushing piece, this chair by Norweigian designer Terje Ekstrom embodies 80s eccentricity. It is certainly an of-the-moment piece, its undulating form making a statement in the interiors of many global tastemakers, and both original vintage and reissued versions are available in a variety of eye-catching shades. 

Blue Vintage Modernist Lounge Chair Ekstrem Terje Ekstrom 1972, A$7,968.37 | Source: 1stDibs

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