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14 Modern design sofas to stylishly decorate your living

A selection of leather, fabric, angular, mini or extra-large signature sofas, perfect for all kinds of homes


A selection of 14 modern design sofas: fabric, leather, two seats, angular and modular

It is well known that the right kind of sofa can really make the difference in any living or sitting room. With the beginning of the new year and the approaching spring, the desire to renovate the most important room in the house gets more intense, yet it might not be that easy to navigate the contemporary world of modern design sofas. Do not worry, though; we are here to help you with a selection of sofas for every need.

Whether a couple or a big family, modern leather sofas fans or fabric sofas addicts, classic charm lovers of modular sofas aficionados, you’ll surely find help in this selection of 14 different modern design sofas which nevertheless share great signature designs, essential shapes and a real passion for comfort.

Let’s start with two classic sofas for those who love to sit in a charmingly bourgeois style living room.

Here’s Antibes by Ferruccio Laviani for MisuraEmme: a modern design sofa, simple and light with a wooden frame which allows further personalization by combining single different elements.

Peggy G., a modern sofa designed by Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti Collezioni, features a classic shape reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion. Its frame is made of solid American walnut with a multilayer padded seat upholstered in fabric, leather or natural leather. Designed for modern leather sofas addicts and fabric lovers as well.

For real “sofa-animals” we’ve selected two fully-fitted solutions that will definitely make you enjoy your living to the fullest.


Yard by Francesco Rota for Lema perfectly blends the padded elements with ledges and small tables that are an integral part of the structure itself, providing useful storage solutions for books, plaids and anything you could reach out for when the simple act of getting up from your sofa seems a rather impossible task.

Whether you prefer reading in the sitting room, or rather give in to the despicable vice of eating in front of the tv, these small and big tables, designed to be matched to Lario - a new modern design sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, equipped with a metal frame and polyurethane seat+backrest - will certainly prove extremely useful.

For unrepentant lovers of strong color palettes, here’s a couple of modern, colored design sofas that will add personality and charm to your living.

The first one is Throw Away by Willie Landels for Zanotta, a super comfy modern design sofa with strongly outlines volumes, expanded polyurethane frame and removable leather or fabric cover, here in a brilliant turquoise hue.

Asolo by Emilio Nanni for Pianca is an ample yet visually compact sofa thanks to its thin, trapezoidal armrests. It comes in a variety of brilliant colors ranging from red to orange to green.

For playful grown-ups and inveterate feng shui lovers, modern modular sofas represent a sophisticated yet funny design solution.

Speaking of Far East, here is Lapis, Amura’s latest modular sofa, inspired by the typically polished rocks of Zen gardens. Designed by Gargano and Cristell, this concept living sofa features a series of modular elements that can be differently combined according to different spaces and needs, creating classic modern angular sofas as well as more traditional structures along free, irregular arrangements.

For couples and those who live in small apartments, the ideal solution is represented by modern fabric sofas for two. Small size, big charm.


Bonsai is an extremely comfy sofa designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex. Inspired by Japanese aesthetics and culture, it features soft, curved shapes, clearly reminiscent of the typical bushes and plants which are to be found all over Japan. The seats, made of moulded polyurethane foam, create a stark contrast with the lightness of the underlying rectilinear wooden platforms supported on low, wooden legs and black metal feet. Available in a wide color palette, Bonsai is perfect for both modern gray sofas and color fans.

A welcoming piece of design, enhanced by rigorous yet soft shapes and attention to detail. We are talking about the two-seats sofa Creed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. Metal frame, down feather padding, removable leather or fabric cover, solid Sucupira front legs with stained mink finish and back supports in pressformed metal with a glossy light bronze painted finish. The ideal seat to curl yourself up with your sweet half.

For big families, guest lovers and all the lucky owners of ample living rooms, here are two modern XXL sofas.

Seating system Freeman by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti.

Essential by Francesco Binfarè for Edra features extreme flexibility thanks to its “smart” cushions which can be shaped according to need. Highly adaptable, since it is made up of different matching elements, Essential is an extra-long, extra comfortable modern sofa designed to inspire conviviality thanks to its generous size.

If, on the other end, you are in search of a modern angular sofa, the Aton collection by Carlo Colombo for Giorgetti might be the thing for you.

The Aton sofa features base frame and feet in solid walnut canaletto wood and backrest and armrests in poplar plywood. Wholly removable fabric or leather cover.

For incurable luxury lovers there’s Fendi’s unmissable sofa.

Designed by Toan Nguyen for Fendi Casa Sloane, the Sloane luxury sofa is a comfortable solution that reinterprets tradition through innovation by combining luxury and design.  

Finally, 2017 will see the revival of leather in home decoration and beyond, that’s for sure.

Among the trendiest modern leather design sofas, Paul is part of a new seating set by Molteni&C including sofas, angular compositions, chaises longues and islands marked by elegantly proportioned, reassuring lines which further highlight the signature expressive rationality of designer Vincent Van Duysen.


by Chiara Chioda / 10 January 2017


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