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Stumble Upon Sofa by Alessandro Isola

Italian designer Alessandro Isola has designed the “Stumble Upon Sofa”, a carpet that transforms into a couch. Ordinarily a ‘ridge’ in a carpet would immediately be pulled straight or be stood on to regain its flat purpose. But not in this case. Instead, imperfection is magnified until ridges are large enough to offer supportive curves that create a distinctly different seating structure. The concept follows on from the same creative curiosity and desire for ‘design disorder,’ that conceived of the Stumble Upon Coffee Table, with its turned up corner that folds to a functional surface.


This accentuation of normally unwanted undulations, makes for playful visual twists, that in the case of the Sofa, offers plentiful seating in a creatively uncompromising way. Comfort is created beneath the ridges by the addition of padding to the carpet area that flows over the carbon fibre supportive core. In turn this core presents its own practical surprise, by doubling up as book or display shelving that can be viewed at the larger open end of the sofa.

The changing height and curvature of the sofa along the length of its ridges, provides upright seating positions at one end and comfortably informal lounging at the other.

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all images courtesy of ALESSANDRO ISOLA