Part of patchwork’s appeal is its handmade, DIY aesthetic. It seems antithetical to modernism’s industrial roots, but many designers of the current generation have worked hard to reinvigorate modernist forms with a sense of warmth and individuality. These sofas each use the mix n’ match appeal of patchwork to bring some personality to fairly stripped-down forms.
Hella Jongerius, who created two of the sofas pictured above, has built her career around the tension between industrial design and the trace of the hand. In each of her products, she tries to incorporate some type of handwork into the production process.
Hans Hopfer, a predecessor of Jongerius who designed the Mah Jong Sofa, also incorporated rich textiles and colors into pieces that could fit in with more industrial decor. The sofas shown above all embody a similar contrast between the modernism of the forms and the hodge podge upholstery. It’s a look we find really appealing and intriguing.
• 1 Tagori Sofa
by Phillippe Bouix for Roche Bobois
• 2 Repeat Fabric
by Hella Jongerius for Maharam
• 3 Polder Sofa
by Hella Jongerius for Vitra
• 4 Mah Jong Sofa
by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois
• 5 Patchwork Sofa
by P Mourgue for Ligne Roset
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