This Fashion Mogul’s ’70s Sofa is Caterpillar Chic

published Jul 21, 2020
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Though fashion-industry alum Alexander Werz is no stranger to jet setting all over the globe every other month for his career, he wanted his brand new Milan apartment to feel like home in a unique, nostalgic way. According to Architectural Digest, Werz, who was recently named co-chief executive officer of brand-building agency Karla Otto, was sure to include a winding, caterpillar-like Non Stop sofa from De Sede. Having grown up near the furniture company’s main factory, Werz has coveted the iconic Non Stop sofa since he was a child.

“I like an apartment that lives—you need to make it livable,” Werz told AD, and the De Sede piece certainly has a life of its own.

De Sede, based in Switzerland, has been making the Non Stop (also called the DS-600) sofa since its conception in 1972. It even holds a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest sofa with 406 “elements” linked into one impressive seating arrangement. This particular sofa is named after the mythical alpine creature, the Tatzelwurm.

“Exceptional design, unlimited configuration options, maximum functionality and distinctive seating comfort make the DS-600 system created in 1972 an icon,” the De Sede website reads. “Seating elements with unlimited configuration options: Any number of upholstered segments can be zipped together, allowing free-flowing mobile concepts as well as conventional furniture arrangements.”

The Non Stop sofa is available in a wide array of textiles and finishes, including outdoor upholstery. It’s been a coveted couch of many modern design lovers for over 40 years, and because of its unique shape and ability to conform to any space imaginable, it doesn’t seem like the Non Stop is going away any time soon. You can learn more about the Non Stop sofa on the De Sede website.