High & Low: Reupholster for an Amazing Modern Roll Arm Sofa

High & Low: Reupholster for an Amazing Modern Roll Arm Sofa

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 4, 2013

Check out this Marimekko hacked sofa at Tiina in Amagansett

There's a beautiful little design store in Amagansett, NY that is a perfect model for what you will not find on Amazon or in the big box stores: a personally curated, very distinct perspective through items that cannot be shopped cheaper elsewhere. Tiina Laakkonen, the owner, a former model and stylist with a great eye, has hacked this sofa above to transform a "comfort food" traditional English sofa into a funky modern element by mixing black and white Marimekko fabrics. Click below to see how she did it and what ingredients you could use at different prices.

Shake it up with a little DIY!

The sofa in her store above is an 84" Restoration Hardware roll arm sofa that she purchased in muslin (no fabric and therefore a lot less expensive) and then had upholstered with three different Marimekko upholstery fabrics. The key is mixing high contrast black and white fabrics so that no one pattern dominates and the visual complexity of the mix is balanced by the cleanliness of the all black and white palette. Black and white keeps it crisp, contemporary and visually unified.

This is Tiina's home in Amagansett as featured in the NYTimes Magazine last year. Here she's covered two expensive George Sherlock sofas with black and white graphic fabric. The fabrics are different here and the places she put them are also varying so that there is no uniformity. In an open white room, the density of the sofas is particularly satisfying.

The Restoration Hardware sofa is a great deal less expensive than a George Sherlock sofa, but you can go even cheaper if you want this look. Pottery Barn has a nice traditional roll arm sofa and IKEA has a traditional shape that, while not a roll arm per se, comes close and would look amazing.


Marimekko Upholstery Fabric - by the yard
IKEA Fabrics - by the yard
Best Online Sources for Fabric 2013


IKEA Hovas Sofa - $499
Pottery Barn Carlisle Sofa - $1399
Restoration Hardware English Roll Arm Sofa - $1865 (below)
George Sherlock Two Seater Sofa - ???
George Smith Jules Sofa - ???

(Images: Maxwell Ryan, Fran├žois Halard, Marimekko, Restoration Hardware)

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