Finnish designer Harri Koskinen has designed tableware, textiles, furniture, audio equipment, glassware and underwear. When I met him in his Helsinki studio space last week — I was most interested in his Sofabed, a design he launched at the Milan fair earlier this year.
Designer Jeffrey Bernett has worked with Design Within Reach before — he's the designer behind their popular and oh-so-slim Flight Recliner. Bernett's newest design for DWR is the Soto family of upholstered seating which includes a sleeper sofa, sleeper chair and storage ottoman. The Sleeper Sofa is a meticulously designed sofa bed that is one of the best we've seen and experienced.
MANSTAD packs a lot of punch — it's a (1) small scale sectional sofa that's also a (2) bed and (3) storage. While there are options for sectionals with built in beds, few are this small, this inexpensive and few are designed to take advantage of the full footprint.
The Twilight Sleep Sofa from Design Within Reach shows up fairly regularly in our Scavenger posts and is a popular solution for Apartment Therapy readers furnishing a modern space. Designed for occasional use as a sleeper, Twilight has a bare-bones design — a minimal platform, 2 stacked cushions and a large adjustable bolster.
In my weekly pursuit of finding a great sleeper sofa, it is impossible to ignore the varied options from IKEA. With a price point under $1,000 the TYLOSAND sofa bed is one of IKEA's more popular options and is part of a larger TYLOSAND family of seating. I played around with a floor model at the Red Hook IKEA for this report.
This sofa sleeper from French company Ligne Roset is brand new for 2009 — I got to see it in person after it was delivered to the Park Avenue South showroom and I was very impressed. Unassuming in presence, I wasn't even aware it WAS a sleeper sofa at first — until a pull on the back cushion started the smooth transformation from sofa to bed.
I've been updating my list of best sleeper sofas each year for about four years now, and things have usually changed slowly. This past year, however, things changed a good deal and I have a bunch of new entrants to the field. Enjoy!