TUFT LOVE: Tufted Sofas for Contemporary Interiors

Published: June 15th, 2015

If your idea of a tufted sofa is that tone-on-tone beige thing in Grandma’s living room, get ready to remodel your thinking.  Tufted sofas are a hit in contemporary design.

The best part of tufting is the range of ways it can be done. The most popular form is diamond tufting pulled in a way that creates a soft diamond pattern. It works beautifully on this contemporary sofa from Luminaire called Lipp, designed by Piero Lissoni. The crisp straight lines of the frame balance the half-diamond tufted back to give it a slightly feminine look that’s still clean and tailored.

Tufted Sofa Lipp by Piero Lissoni

A looser arrangement of plush, full squares is created with biscuit tufting. It makes this A. Rudin “2736”  sofa a luxurious place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.. and maybe an actual biscuit!

rudin tufted sofa

Regular button tufting is typical of more traditional seating, but check out these Jean Paul Gaultier Mah Jong sectional pieces from Roche Bobois. Not your grandmother’s sofa at all!

Tufted Sofa with buttons

If the buttons and deep tufts are too much for you, go mid-century modern with a seamed or blind tuft. I spied one that’s square-pulled in Roger Sterling’s Mad Men office… in avocado, of course!

Tufted Sofas in Roger Sterling's Office

Here’s a more contemporary example: the Sonia sofa from Casa Spazio; ideal for a loungy get-together!

Tufted Sofa in Casa Spazio

Lastly, look at how Roche Bobois’ bubble sofa combines biscuit and blind tufting to create sofas and ottomans that are sexy, plush and fun!

Tufted Sofa Bubble
I confess. When I see how modern and comfortable tufting can be, I feel a bit of “tuft love.”  Don’t you?