Sienna sofa

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Sienna sofa by David Shaw.

Sienna sofa by David Shaw.

This feels like a very New Zealand piece: Solid timber base creating a plinth for the upholstered chair to rest on and a high, straight back with a smooth puffiness that belies its comfort. Though obviously contemporary, the Sienna sofa by David Shaw seems a relation of the mid-century timber couches used for generations in baches with solid timber bases and fabric cushions.

The subtle curves in the legs and the elegant profile assert its design intentions, but the smooth, compact form is also a plain backdrop to cover with an arrangement of cushions, to drape with rugs, or to balance a teacup on the seat. In its simplicity it is eminently flexible and reinvent-able, though still covetable, and stylish without any casual adornments at all.

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