Whether you’re looking to take a cat nap or offer up a crash pad to an unexpected college roommate, the couch is an under-appreciated piece of furniture. The focal point of any living room and a necessity for any home DVD-watching experience, we love our sofas and the comfort they bring to our lives (and lower backs). But what about couches that aren’t so average? Sit back and relax as we explore these designs that go beyond the call of duty of a typical couch.
Giant Cubebot by David Weeks and Quinze & Milan
Crafted entirely out of foam and standing almost ten feet high, this Giant Cubebot is part-sofa, part-sculpture. The concept began when designer David Weeks met Quinze & Milan and they magnified his Cubebot toy by twenty. It’s difficult to take Cubebot’s imposing stature seriously with such a friendly face, but we’re glad to see living room robots in the not so distant future.
Canape by Lila Jang
This couch is literally crawling off the walls! Canape is a couch that defies the laws of gravity to bring a rebellious design to your home décor. Originally featured in a Paris art exhibition, this couch begs the question: Is it coming or going?
The Hyde by Pablo Crespo, Martin Franzen, and Isaac Pineiro Scuola Politecnica di Design, in collaboration with Serralunga and Deep Design
Is your sofa in need of a split personality? Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this couch reflects two distinct attitudes. During the day it’s a simple, unimposing grey sofa but at night it turns into an elegant piece of Art Deco-influenced furniture. Its photo-sensitive detailing is a perfect match for the living room that needs to lighten up.
Sosia by Emanuele Magini
This mutant sofa was created by designer Emanuele Magini for the Italian firm Campeggi. With nine different configurations, this sofa is literally a seating arrangement. The two seats can be morphed into a day bed, two arm chairs, or a private space within a larger room. With so many different variations, it’s easy to suit even the most mercurial mood.