Matthew Hilton's Exquisite "Hepburn" Sofa

Matthew Hilton's Exquisite "Hepburn" Sofa

Catrin Morris
Oct 21, 2010

Last week I wandered into Well Built in Washington DC's Logan Circle and fell in love. I don't usually get ga-ga over a sofa (not that there's anything wrong with it. I am just more of a chair girl). If some movies should be called "films" then some couches deserve to be called "sofas". This is one of those. It is the Hepburn sofa, designed by British designer Matthew Hilton and produced under license by De La Espada. I have no idea why the sofa is called the Hepburn, but it is leggy and handsome like Katherine Hepburn — while elegant and light like Audrey.

The Hepburn isn't really an obvious show stopper, though. It has all the elements of a high-end but fashion-forward sofa: it has a touch of mid-century modern; is made with sustainably forested wood; and is sleek yet luxurious. But the Hepburn, like its namesake(s), has the "it factor" and I for one am sold! Well, sold in spirit if not in reality: The sofa isn't cheap. The "fixed" 3-seater is $7,425 at Hive Modern. Also available is the Hepburn modular system, which comprises four key modules all of which fit into a central beam, allowing for countless configurations. The Hepburn's wishbone legs are available in sustainably forested American black walnut or American white oak and the cushions are stitched with a diagonal panel construction.

To see more of the exquisite but expensive furniture (including the bed shown above) by De La Espada and Matthew Hilton, visit Or check out Well-Built, a newish home furnishing store in Logan Circle.

Images 1-4: De La Espada; 5: British designer Matthew Hilton from Straits Times

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