Stylish and Practical: Modular Slow Sofa by Frederik Roijé

I think most of us appreciate the significance of the sofa in a home. While the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and the bedroom is where we spend a quarter to a third of our lives, the lounge, sitting room, front room, or whatever we want to call it, is the hub of the house. And the centre of that room is, most probably the settee or sofa. It’s where one or some of us- friends and/or family- sit and unwind from the rigours of the day, engage in conversation, perhaps watch some dvds or television, perhaps listen to some music, or perhaps just shut our eyes and chill out.
The choice of sofa is therefore crucial. Do we want a small modest unassuming sofa flanked by some armchairs? Do we want a larger sofa that can accommodate a number of people and/or allow you to stretch out on? Do you want a strikingly shaped sofa, like an L-shaped one, or a round affair? The choices are almost limitless, and therein may lay the problem. A hasty purchase and because you won’t be buying a new sofa every year, you may be stuck with something that doesn’t hold its attention (or its shape!) for you. My advice is to go for the best sofa you can afford, and also to go for something that you won’t find in every High Street furniture shop. Like a modular slow sofa by Frederik Roijé. Have you heard of him?
Frederik Roije is an international design agency which designs diverse products for brands and for the market for private clients. It is renowned for its creativity and innovative designs in furniture, lightning, interior and industrial design. They are not splendid isolationists and are always keen to collaborate with others to create ground-breaking must-have creations. Roijé is a relatively young Dutchman (he was born in 1978) who, in his own words, creates “products created out of love for surprises, curiosity and beauty”. That’s a great combination in my book. A million miles away from conformity, convention and careful and cautious creativity.
The slow sofa is not a sofa that moves around the room slowly (!) rather it is a modular sofa that comes with no less than nine modular volumes. This means that it can be supplied in various configurations and is therefore a design that is highly adaptable to the constraints of space. Now this is where things get funky; some of these sofa modular parts can be transformed into a table, storage space and a frame support. Moreover, the materials used to create this versatile and uncommon couch are durable and sustainable.
The sofa design itself is quite straightforward and has few rounded edges. It’s a strong-looking no-nonsense sofa that will take a bow each time you enter the room! It has that open “in-a-meadow” feel that the Pre-Raphaelites praised and to a limited extent, tried to copy. Make your own mind up. Some may not appreciate the minimalist beauty. I do!