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Four-Ply Chesterfields

The Unfolded Sofa Rests Upon a Layered Base That's Pretty and Practical

— September 26, 2013 — Art & Design
Often thought of as heavy objects, couches have been gradually becoming formally reduced to express a sense of lightness. The Unfolded Sofa certainly sheds its predecessors' volume in a way that actually bulks up its functional appeal.

Michael Egan's piece relies structurally on a set of fine metal supports. These could give it a levitating look if it weren't for an additional design decision. Molded plywood was incorporated in four separate panels that gradually curve from bottom to top as the pieces approach the underside of the armrests.

The aesthetic result is a lightweight layering effect that emphasizes the horizontal plane for an original style of lounge furniture. What's more, the Unfolded Sofa's strata can become ideal shelf ledges for the storage of assorted household items.
Trend Themes
1. Lightweight Couches - Opportunity for design and manufacturing companies to create couches that express a sense of lightness through reduction in volume.
2. Fine Metal Supports - Opportunity for metal fabrication companies to create levitating-looking supports for furniture designs.
3. Layering Effect - Opportunity for furniture companies to incorporate layered designs that emphasize the horizontal plane for a unique style.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Design - Opportunity for furniture design companies to create innovative and functional couch designs that prioritize lightness.
2. Manufacturing - Opportunity for manufacturing companies to produce fine metal supports for furniture designs.
3. Storage Solutions - Opportunity for companies specialized in storage solutions to integrate shelf ledges into furniture designs for added functionality.
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