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Today, I'm doing a most unusual thing: highlighting two leather sofas. I've never owned one, never even thought I would, and none of these would even fit through our door, BUT knowing how popular leather sofas are with my clients, I'd rather highlight a good one than a bad one (and BOY are there a lot of bad ones).

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These guys are from Natuzzi, the family founded and run Italian leather sofa company, and they are brand new, just released this summer and only now hitting the stores. I took the pics at a press preview a few months back.

At the preview I RACED past the mammoth, contemporary sectionals that Natuzzi is known for, and was surprised to find these two sofa/chair designs in the very back of the showroom. The are different from other sofas I've seen in that they are made of AMAZINGLY soft leather and styled in a simpler, more interesting way. They're not cheap, but no leather is, so if you're on a hunt for a leather sofa, I'd check these out.

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The first sofa and chairs are called FRANK, and are very reminiscent of Le Corbusier's LC2 chair. In the showroom they were covered in a rich brown leather.

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The second design, Domino (in burgundy leather), is bigger and blockier, but pretty much as classic as they come, and without any silly details. Again the leather is exceptionally soft and every cushion has micro perforations on the backside so that the air flows out easily when you sit down. Remember sitting on leather sofas that felt like sitting on a bubble?

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I liked this little design feature: a slim bolster behind the back cushion provides a bit of extra support while the armrest can be lower all around. It separates it from your typical "Manhattan" style sofa and gives it a little Italian flair.

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This thing I include only because it's a conversation piece. It's so not necessary. Fit for your inner Darth Vader, this is Natuzzi's "Sound Chair" (with ottoman), a big, plush leather swivel chair, the back wings have speakers planted into them so you can listen to your iPod or game in surround sound.

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