Sofas for Sitting On

Our passion at Dudgeon Sofas has always been in the art of making a ‘sofa to sit on’, not one to look at or to fill a room, but one that beckons you to really sit in it, sinking into lovely soft down cushions making it unable to find a good excuse to stand up and carry on with your day (you can imagine what happens during any Dudgeon meeting!). This may seem incredibly obvious, but if you have a look around at other sofa makers that line our high streets, you will notice that not everyone does.

Every time we pick up a pencil to draw a new sofa design for our showroom or a client we will always endeavour to make it comfortable, even if the design at first glance would appear not to allow it. So, when we were tasked to make a sofa with a solid metal casing, that’s exactly what we did.

Design duo, Ed Cruickshank and Jonno Williams (ThreeForm), recently commissioned us to make a bespoke sofa encased in a 6mm thick solid steel casing and came to us because they wanted it to be a sofa that suited its modern and stark (Scotland) surroundings while also being a family sofa – soft and comfortable, but with clean lines.

Our first thought? How are we going to find space for hand-tied springs, as we didn’t want to make it all with foam, therefore foregoing a) the point of commissioning traditional upholsterers to do the job, and b) the extra comfort you get from the springs.

In order to do this we designed a banquette style frame which allowed for short seat springs and made it easy to slot into the metal casing, we then added hair, fibre, wool and cotton wadding to ensure that it would sit as luxuriously as possible. All the cushions were made using lots of duck feathers and soft down with a thin base of foam to marry with the clean edges on the casing. The sofas - there were two - were really comfy!

Let us know if you have a commissioning request here.

 Frame and steel casing fit together

Frame and steel casing fit together

 Cushions in place

Cushions in place

 You can see that our sofa also had to fit under a ledge on the casing

You can see that our sofa also had to fit under a ledge on the casing

 Steel sofa completed

Steel sofa completed

 Jonno Williams from ThreeForm trying the sit

Jonno Williams from ThreeForm trying the sit

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