Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

New Zealand-designed comfort is showcased in Corso de’ Fiori’s latest collection of customisable sofas and chairs.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

New Zealand architects and designers have long been at the forefront of creating a local design sensibility. From the Group Architects earliest manifesto - 'New Zealand must have its own architecture, its own sense of what is beautiful and appropriate to our climate and conditions' (Group Manifesto, 1949) through to the rising confidence displayed in the architectural builds of the early 21st century, New Zealand homes have increasingly reflected and incorporated our unique environment and lifestyles.

Ask Jeremy Willoughby, the general manager of Corso de’ Fiori, if he sees any correlation of this design thinking to Corso’s exclusive New Zealand Bespoke Furniture collection, and he laughs. “Well, we’re perhaps not quite that lofty but we do like to think we’re supporting our local designers and makers through the development of our sofa and chair collection, and it’s an important part of our business.

“Designing and making furniture locally also means we’re creating pieces built for the New Zealand environment, while the bespoke service ensures we can tailor the final piece to a customer’s specific lifestyle and interior design preference.”

“Our store and brand are known for our curatorial style, where we bring together designs from our travels and contacts around the world,” Jeremy explains. “Our philosophy is to bring the best curated collections – rather than a singular style – to our design clients and retail customers. In the case of sofas and chairs, we were quite honestly dissatisfied with the quality and aesthetic of many of the international collections on offer, so some years ago we created our own collection.”

How to choose the best fabric for a sofa

Looking through Corso’s range of fabrics, it’s not hard to see why. “It’s a balance between form and function – the aesthetic you want to achieve, and the lifestyle you lead. Theaesthetic is absolutely key, while the functional needs for a busy young family will be different to that of empty-nesters, and that’s where our interior stylists come in. Drawing on their experience is a complementary part of Corso’s bespoke service, and gives customers a greater level of comfort in decision making.”

Since then, Corso has been developing, refining, and adding designs – working with expert local furniture designers and makers – to create a collection that combines international style with a New Zealand sensibility. “A quality sofa represents a lifestyle investment, and like any good investment, it should stand the test of time – both in terms of its aesthetic appeal and quality construction.

“Our collection spans both classic and contemporary styles. With our contemporary pieces in particular, we’ve taken the best of international design influences, and refined the designs to work with a more relaxed New Zealand aesthetic.”

“We’re fortunate enough at Corso that we have both well established relationships with our furniture makers, and a wealth of knowledge from our interior stylists at Corso.

“Having this level of in-house expertise, in combination with long standing relationships with local furniture makers, means the process of ordering a bespoke sofa is an easy processThe biggest conundrum clients usually have is which fabric to choose.”

What are the benefits of using a bespoke interior design service?

“We try to keep it simple and streamlined. Working with base designs means we can offer the bespoke service at a reasonable price point. A client will choose the base design from our collection, then liaise with our interior stylists to choose the fabric and – in the case of sofas – the length. Bringing in a photo of your space is always a good idea too, so our stylists can visualise the setting. In some cases, we also offer matching ottomans and other design options.

“Once the design options are locked in we brief our furniture makers. Within six to seven weeks, the client will take delivery of a beautiful furniture piece of furniture, with a distinctive result tailored to their aesthetic and functional needs.”

What trends are you seeing this year in terms of fabric choice?

While neutral tones are generally the most popular for sofa fabric choices, Jeremy says more adventurous tones are coming through in 2020. “The neutral beige, stone, and granite colours are popular options for an understated look, but we’re also seeing some bolder ideas such as botanics, earthy yellows, and muted colours as neutrals, while the lush velvets and jewel tones of the last couple of seasons are continuing in popularity.

“The choice of fabric can dramatically alter the look and feel of the sofa or chair, and the entire room, so it’s well worth giving yourself the time to peruse the options.”

When comfort is key: why you need to sit on a sofa before buying

A visit to Corso also means testing the seating experience on a sofa or chair. “A sofa is a significant part of any home.Buying a sofa online simply isn’t going to cut it. That’s why we always have a selection of floor stock for our customers to try out, covering the majority of our bespoke collection.”

A significant change in recent years is the much higher priority placed on comfort. “We’ve seen a definite shift towards a softer seating experience. In some designs, this has altered the silhouette of sofas, so we’re seeing a fabulous combination of a very structured base with more relaxed, deliberately overfilled seating cushions.”

Find out more about Corso’s range and how to choose and design a bespoke sofa.

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Designing the perfect bespoke sofa
Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

New Zealand-designed comfort is showcased in Corso de’ Fiori’s latest collection of customisable sofas and chairs.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

New Zealand architects and designers have long been at the forefront of creating a local design sensibility. From the Group Architects earliest manifesto - 'New Zealand must have its own architecture, its own sense of what is beautiful and appropriate to our climate and conditions' (Group Manifesto, 1949) through to the rising confidence displayed in the architectural builds of the early 21st century, New Zealand homes have increasingly reflected and incorporated our unique environment and lifestyles.

Ask Jeremy Willoughby, the general manager of Corso de’ Fiori, if he sees any correlation of this design thinking to Corso’s exclusive New Zealand Bespoke Furniture collection, and he laughs. “Well, we’re perhaps not quite that lofty but we do like to think we’re supporting our local designers and makers through the development of our sofa and chair collection, and it’s an important part of our business.

“Designing and making furniture locally also means we’re creating pieces built for the New Zealand environment, while the bespoke service ensures we can tailor the final piece to a customer’s specific lifestyle and interior design preference.”

“Our store and brand are known for our curatorial style, where we bring together designs from our travels and contacts around the world,” Jeremy explains. “Our philosophy is to bring the best curated collections – rather than a singular style – to our design clients and retail customers. In the case of sofas and chairs, we were quite honestly dissatisfied with the quality and aesthetic of many of the international collections on offer, so some years ago we created our own collection.”

How to choose the best fabric for a sofa

Looking through Corso’s range of fabrics, it’s not hard to see why. “It’s a balance between form and function – the aesthetic you want to achieve, and the lifestyle you lead. Theaesthetic is absolutely key, while the functional needs for a busy young family will be different to that of empty-nesters, and that’s where our interior stylists come in. Drawing on their experience is a complementary part of Corso’s bespoke service, and gives customers a greater level of comfort in decision making.”

Since then, Corso has been developing, refining, and adding designs – working with expert local furniture designers and makers – to create a collection that combines international style with a New Zealand sensibility. “A quality sofa represents a lifestyle investment, and like any good investment, it should stand the test of time – both in terms of its aesthetic appeal and quality construction.

“Our collection spans both classic and contemporary styles. With our contemporary pieces in particular, we’ve taken the best of international design influences, and refined the designs to work with a more relaxed New Zealand aesthetic.”

“We’re fortunate enough at Corso that we have both well established relationships with our furniture makers, and a wealth of knowledge from our interior stylists at Corso.

“Having this level of in-house expertise, in combination with long standing relationships with local furniture makers, means the process of ordering a bespoke sofa is an easy processThe biggest conundrum clients usually have is which fabric to choose.”

What are the benefits of using a bespoke interior design service?

“We try to keep it simple and streamlined. Working with base designs means we can offer the bespoke service at a reasonable price point. A client will choose the base design from our collection, then liaise with our interior stylists to choose the fabric and – in the case of sofas – the length. Bringing in a photo of your space is always a good idea too, so our stylists can visualise the setting. In some cases, we also offer matching ottomans and other design options.

“Once the design options are locked in we brief our furniture makers. Within six to seven weeks, the client will take delivery of a beautiful furniture piece of furniture, with a distinctive result tailored to their aesthetic and functional needs.”

What trends are you seeing this year in terms of fabric choice?

While neutral tones are generally the most popular for sofa fabric choices, Jeremy says more adventurous tones are coming through in 2020. “The neutral beige, stone, and granite colours are popular options for an understated look, but we’re also seeing some bolder ideas such as botanics, earthy yellows, and muted colours as neutrals, while the lush velvets and jewel tones of the last couple of seasons are continuing in popularity.

“The choice of fabric can dramatically alter the look and feel of the sofa or chair, and the entire room, so it’s well worth giving yourself the time to peruse the options.”

When comfort is key: why you need to sit on a sofa before buying

A visit to Corso also means testing the seating experience on a sofa or chair. “A sofa is a significant part of any home.Buying a sofa online simply isn’t going to cut it. That’s why we always have a selection of floor stock for our customers to try out, covering the majority of our bespoke collection.”

A significant change in recent years is the much higher priority placed on comfort. “We’ve seen a definite shift towards a softer seating experience. In some designs, this has altered the silhouette of sofas, so we’re seeing a fabulous combination of a very structured base with more relaxed, deliberately overfilled seating cushions.”

Find out more about Corso’s range and how to choose and design a bespoke sofa.

Corso de' Fiori

With a love for beautiful interior spaces, Corso de’ Fiori source distinctive interior decor and furniture from around the world, from coveted brands to undiscovered...

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Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

Designing the perfect bespoke sofa

New Zealand-designed comfort is showcased in Corso de’ Fiori’s latest collection of customisable sofas and chairs.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

New Zealand architects and designers have long been at the forefront of creating a local design sensibility. From the Group Architects earliest manifesto - 'New Zealand must have its own architecture, its own sense of what is beautiful and appropriate to our climate and conditions' (Group Manifesto, 1949) through to the rising confidence displayed in the architectural builds of the early 21st century, New Zealand homes have increasingly reflected and incorporated our unique environment and lifestyles.

Ask Jeremy Willoughby, the general manager of Corso de’ Fiori, if he sees any correlation of this design thinking to Corso’s exclusive New Zealand Bespoke Furniture collection, and he laughs. “Well, we’re perhaps not quite that lofty but we do like to think we’re supporting our local designers and makers through the development of our sofa and chair collection, and it’s an important part of our business.

“Designing and making furniture locally also means we’re creating pieces built for the New Zealand environment, while the bespoke service ensures we can tailor the final piece to a customer’s specific lifestyle and interior design preference.”

“Our store and brand are known for our curatorial style, where we bring together designs from our travels and contacts around the world,” Jeremy explains. “Our philosophy is to bring the best curated collections – rather than a singular style – to our design clients and retail customers. In the case of sofas and chairs, we were quite honestly dissatisfied with the quality and aesthetic of many of the international collections on offer, so some years ago we created our own collection.”

How to choose the best fabric for a sofa

Looking through Corso’s range of fabrics, it’s not hard to see why. “It’s a balance between form and function – the aesthetic you want to achieve, and the lifestyle you lead. Theaesthetic is absolutely key, while the functional needs for a busy young family will be different to that of empty-nesters, and that’s where our interior stylists come in. Drawing on their experience is a complementary part of Corso’s bespoke service, and gives customers a greater level of comfort in decision making.”

Since then, Corso has been developing, refining, and adding designs – working with expert local furniture designers and makers – to create a collection that combines international style with a New Zealand sensibility. “A quality sofa represents a lifestyle investment, and like any good investment, it should stand the test of time – both in terms of its aesthetic appeal and quality construction.

“Our collection spans both classic and contemporary styles. With our contemporary pieces in particular, we’ve taken the best of international design influences, and refined the designs to work with a more relaxed New Zealand aesthetic.”

“We’re fortunate enough at Corso that we have both well established relationships with our furniture makers, and a wealth of knowledge from our interior stylists at Corso.

“Having this level of in-house expertise, in combination with long standing relationships with local furniture makers, means the process of ordering a bespoke sofa is an easy processThe biggest conundrum clients usually have is which fabric to choose.”

What are the benefits of using a bespoke interior design service?

“We try to keep it simple and streamlined. Working with base designs means we can offer the bespoke service at a reasonable price point. A client will choose the base design from our collection, then liaise with our interior stylists to choose the fabric and – in the case of sofas – the length. Bringing in a photo of your space is always a good idea too, so our stylists can visualise the setting. In some cases, we also offer matching ottomans and other design options.

“Once the design options are locked in we brief our furniture makers. Within six to seven weeks, the client will take delivery of a beautiful furniture piece of furniture, with a distinctive result tailored to their aesthetic and functional needs.”

What trends are you seeing this year in terms of fabric choice?

While neutral tones are generally the most popular for sofa fabric choices, Jeremy says more adventurous tones are coming through in 2020. “The neutral beige, stone, and granite colours are popular options for an understated look, but we’re also seeing some bolder ideas such as botanics, earthy yellows, and muted colours as neutrals, while the lush velvets and jewel tones of the last couple of seasons are continuing in popularity.

“The choice of fabric can dramatically alter the look and feel of the sofa or chair, and the entire room, so it’s well worth giving yourself the time to peruse the options.”

When comfort is key: why you need to sit on a sofa before buying

A visit to Corso also means testing the seating experience on a sofa or chair. “A sofa is a significant part of any home.Buying a sofa online simply isn’t going to cut it. That’s why we always have a selection of floor stock for our customers to try out, covering the majority of our bespoke collection.”

A significant change in recent years is the much higher priority placed on comfort. “We’ve seen a definite shift towards a softer seating experience. In some designs, this has altered the silhouette of sofas, so we’re seeing a fabulous combination of a very structured base with more relaxed, deliberately overfilled seating cushions.”

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