It is a mistake to think that the fuzzy comfort and pampering convenience of upholstered furniture are some of the most important benefits of upholstered furniture, even outweighed by its frown-inducing appearance.
The mosy sofas manufacturers present these qualities as the exclusive advantages of their products is partly the fault of consumers themselves.
We are indulgently categorical, unimaginative and often tasteless about everything that must guarantee lazy and static comfort. For sofas there are no exceptions to this rule, which is why manufacturers even advertise openly that they will make you upholstered furniture... from sketches and photos...
Even if the customer chooses upholstered furniture on the internet or from a catalogue, sellers and manufacturers know how to give you a jaw-clenching yawn.
On the other hand, it is not surprising that, when it comes to upholstered furniture, we are so sensitive, harassed and reluctant to experiment.
A sofa is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture. It has been scientifically proven that the moment you pay a lot of money for anything, you completely lose your imagination and your sense of humour. That is why nobody has ever seen Jeremy Clarkson buy a sofa, and that is why he has so much fun driving borrowed supercars...
However, modern sofas or sofas break traditional stereotypes of comfort. The famous Italian designer Piero Lissoni may have designed a few more sofas than other furniture. That was enough to label Mr Lissoni "a sofa designer". So it's condemns Mr Lissoni not only to design new sofas, but also to be asked the same question about his favourite sofa.
What is his favourite sofa? Le Corbusier's LC3, an icon of 20th-century modern design, which is still manufactured today by the Italian company Cassina. The LC3 comes in several sofa models, including an armchair version.
According to Mr Lissoni, it is quite possible that the LC3 may be the most uncomfortable sofa in the world, but it is very beautiful and makes him feel happy. Sitting on the most uncomfortable sofa in the world and feeling happy, not because of its comfort, but because of its beauty, for example? The LC3 is certainly not the only sofa that you look at and, of course, think about comfort, but sometime later.
It would not be enough to describe the sofas of Gaetano Pesce - the iconic 20th century Italian design person - by their dimensions and fabric code. In collaboration with Meritalia, he designed a sofa that would make Andy Warhol raise an eyebrow. For the Glim Amici collection, the designer took inspiration from the drawings of a small child. It didn't even bother the designer that the drawings weren't furniture at all, but... animals...
Even if Mr Lissoni lied without blinking, and Gaetano Pesce is an eccentric artist who can barely sit on his own works in contemporary art centres, let's face it, sofas and upholstered furniture were also subject to certain aesthetic standards.
No other furniture has so much right to improvise on the subject of comfort and setting certain standards for relaxation. Modern sofas and sofas remain the main living room furniture for relaxation, but they clearly convey the idea that in the 21st century rich relaxation and leisure have little to do with sleeping and clicking on the TV remote control.
The comfort of sofas or sofa beds is characterised by a wide range of mobility and functionality that goes beyond the integrated armrest or backrest mechanisms.
Luca Nichetto's Ben Grimm (made by Casamania) is not what you would call a traditional sofa. This piece of furniture has mobile backrests that can be pulled up to support a row of neatly arranged poufs.
Aurélien Barbry designed the Fossa sofa for COR, in which the backrest modules slide into special trays. The modules can be slid or removed altogether, and the trays have plenty of space for storing various items.
The modern soft parts are generally reminiscent of American aircraft carrier decks. Manufacturers do their utmost to ensure that users spend half their lives on them without moving within a three-metre radius, and this is not just down to the mechanisms offering different seating positions.
Manufacturers are presenting complete solutions, including not only cushions in different sizes and shapes, but also tables and shelves for reading, knitting or computer work.
The world's upholstered furniture manufacturers are creating tasteful-looking furniture that does not scare, does not make you yawn and encourages you to enjoy your leisure time. Lithuanian upholstered furniture makers seem convinced that laziness is everything. Just not when it comes to relaxation.