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Wednesday September 11 2013

I am still looking for a suitable sofa.

This is the very unsatisfactory arrangement that I want to improve upon, a lot:

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That’s just a mattress on a plank on some boxes.  The mattress keeps sliding forwards, and it requires continuous effort to remain seated on this mess.

I wrote at Samizdata, back in June, about wanting something better, not long after spotting, in a Pret a Manger, this:

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That would be excellent.

So would this, which I spotted in my local dentist’s waiting room yesterday:

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What both the above sofas have in common, aside from the detail of not collapsing when you sit on them, is that both are quite narrow, from front to back.  Most sofas these days, certainly of the domestic sort, seem to be monstrous in size (especially from front to back), partly because they just are, and partly because they often seem to insist on being beds as well.  I already have a sofa that turns itself into a bed, and the last damn thing I want is another of these contraptions.

I asked at the dentist where they got that sofa, but they just said what everyone always says, which is to google “office furniture”.  Easy.  The lady receptionist, like lots of other people I have asked about this, thought that it would be the work of a moment, by the above method, to locate such a sofa.

This has not been my experience.

So, if you think it is easy, or would be easy, to locate a narrow-front-to-back sofa, in London, which I can look at and measure with a tape measure and sit in before having them deliver it at an agreed time to my home, you go ahead and tell me where the hell I can find such a sofa.  If, thanks to you (and the photograph of the sofa that you email to me (see “Contact” above left) together with the address I need to go to to buy the thing), I find the sort of sofa I am looking for, I buy it, and it arrives without fuss in my home, I will pay you £50, in addition to what I paid for the sofa.

Warings Furniture

http://www.waringsfurniture.com/

This is where bars and restaurants get stuff made for them.

Might be an idea to find out if second hand or refurbished exists…

Posted by Antoine Clarke on 11 September 2013

Someone has emailed suggesting Viking Direct.  I already like them a lot, and they do a very nice small chair that looks like being an answer.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 12 September 2013

I did email with a few suggestions, however my email client threw up an error message on sending and it’s not clear whether it was actually sent or not. Damn computers.

Posted by Friday Night SMoke on 12 September 2013

No I didn’t get that.  My damn computer is behaving a bit strangely just now.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 12 September 2013

http://www.elite-furniture.co.uk/products/evo_modular_seating.html

or:

http://www.elite-furniture.co.uk/products/reception.html

They have a showroom in London EC1M 4NQ
http://www.elite-furniture.co.uk/showrooms.html

I am just Googling; I have no experience of this company or this kind of furniture.

Posted by Rob Fisher on 13 September 2013

In general, try this Google search:

reception seating london showroom

Posted by Rob Fisher on 13 September 2013

Rob

Thanks for all this.  Busy now, but will try that google you suggest.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 September 2013

These sofas are made to order and to a restaurant’s specifications. Warings, the firm I linked to above is recommended by a well known chain that asked me not to mention. You might ask if they get any returns or rejects. Alternatively a reclamation yard might get them.

You can buy used bar furniture on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bespoke-Seating-Booths-ideal-for-use-in-Restaurant-Bar-Hotel-Bistro-Free-Quotes-/321170852886?pt=UK_BOI_Restaurant_RL&hash=item4ac7464c16

Posted by Antoine Clarke on 13 September 2013

Brian, if you’d had requested the sofa in US, I’d offered you hundreds, literally hundreds sources in the course of 5 minutes.
Since we’re separated by a puddle, though, and I don’t know the names of UK manufacturers (although I do - German, Swedish and Italian - but what good would it do to you? I don’t know their retail locations in London) - I can only do some googling. So the first sorta-reasonable site that popped up is this
http://fcilondon.co.uk/123-contemporary-sofas-in-london
They seems to have 14+ pages of sofas of various models; I am sure if you call them and give them your desired parameters (depth X width X height of seat/height of back) and style preferences, they will be able to find something suitable.

The key words I used for the search: “contemporary sofa retail london”

Posted by Tatyana on 14 September 2013

An aside: can you tell me is that plywood thing behind existing sofa is a built-in on top of an existing fireplace mantel?
May I ask why?

Posted by Tatyana on 14 September 2013
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