A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to the opening of the new Sofa.com store in Islington. As someone who is never happier than when browsing in a furniture store and daydreaming about futrue house plans, this was just my kind of invite.
Housed in the Tramshed building in Angel, it's a great space for a showroom - light and airy, spacious yet intimate. I especially loved the acoustics, which meant you could have conversations in relative privacy without echoing across the floor - no mean feat in a space this large!
I loved the range of sofas and furniture on display - I'm saving up for a new sofa so was thrilled to feel so inspired. Poppet cat would be all over this fabulous, slouchy brown sofa, I'm sure.
As I was given the tour I was so impressed with how many of the beds were sofa beds, or which offered storage space in a variety of ingenious ways - draws, trapdoors, and a fascinating contraption that looked like a footstool but was actually a 'bed in a box'! Storage space is king in the London market.
As ever, #Ihavethisthingwithstripes - this bed was a real favourite. I was interested to learn about all the things sofa.com do besides sofas. I hadn't grasped how many cushions they make and sell, but next time we need some I'll certainly be popping in for a browse - there were hundreds of designs, colours and sizes for every sort of home.
I loved the 'kids' corner' for small folk to enjoy while parents shopped. Everything about the store seems to have been designed to make the experience calm and relaxed as you make your purchase.
How adorable is this cat wigwam? I can think of three small cats who would love this!
The showroom is split over two levels, with a bar on the lower level for refreshments and recaffeination. As a coffee feind this please me no end!
In the foreground is one of the newer additions to the sofa.com range, a gorgeous wooden dining table. This can be mix-and-matched with a wide range of benches, chairs, and stools. The stools in the shot were originally put together for showrooms, but when customers started asking to purchase them they were added to the stock list, and can be made with different fabrics and finishes to compliment your home.
In the background was a touch I really enjoyed - there are swatches available of every fabric so you can take them home and see which ones work in your space. As well as these small, standard swatches, there are also larger ones you can borrow to see what the pattern or material looks like over a wide space. I think that is so clever - a bold pattern can work brilliantly on a sofa, but it's great to get a sense of it over a large space before committing to a purchase.
Sofa.com love to work with designers on special fabrics. I loved chatting with Anna Glover, the designer who came up with the fabrics you see above. The Paradise (available in the mineral you see on the sofa, or in basalt) was lovely, but my especial favourite had to be the pattern festooned with raindrops you can see on the ottoman - how apt for a British summer!
Blues and yellows forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Sofa.com showroom, and think it'll be a great resource for people making what is a big investment for their homes that they want to last for years. If and when my little savings pot is ready, I'll hope to return to buy a sofa of my own, and will probably be back for some cushions (or a cat wigwam!) before then.
Many thanks to Sofa.com for hosting me at their press event.