Cover Joe Jonas lounges on his colourful Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa in his Miami home (Image: Joe Jonas/@joejonas)

Can’t decide on a sofa? Turn to these celebrity-approved choices for a stylish statement piece that will definitely elevate the look of your living room

Plush and inviting, the sofa is an indispensable piece of furniture in most living rooms. It’s also typically the centre of attraction, often serving as the focal point of the living room with its impactful size and style.

As the sofa is one of the biggest ticket items in the living room that also typically dictates the style of the space, it can be slightly tricky to find an ideal piece to your liking. If you’re on the market for a new sofa, consider the stylish options below; these sleek pieces have struck a chord with celebrities and tastemakers the likes of Joe Jonas and Aimee Song with their chic and contemporary forms.

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1. Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa by Hans Hopfer

The iconic Mah Jong sofa from luxury furnishings company Roche Bobois celebrates the French art de vivre—the art of living—with its versatile modular composition. First designed in 1971 by Argentinian designer Hans Hopfer, the Mah Jong sofa is a hit piece amongst celebrities such as Gweyneth Paltrow, Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas; the Jonas Brothers singer clearly embraces the maximalist style by dressing his sofa in a riot of colours and fabric patterns.

The appeal of the Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa lies in its flexibility. It starts with three basic modular elements that can be combined together; homeowners can then choose to personalise their seating configuration with limitless options when it comes to the sofa’s composition.  

Take personalising your sofa a step further by upholstering it with the extensive range of colourful exclusive fabrics available from brands such as Missoni Home to designers such as late Japanese designer Kenzō Takada and French designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Available from Roche Bobois 

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2. B&B Italia Camaleonda sofa by Mario Bellini

The B&B Italia Camaleonda sofa might have been first designed by Italian architect Mario Bellini in the 1970s, but it remains a popular icon to this day. The modular sofa’s playful form has been spotted in the interiors of tastemakers ranging from fashion designer Marc Jacobs to artist Daniel Arsham, as well as model Elsa Hosk and style maven Aimee Song.

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With its round contours and plump seats formed out of generous polyurethane padding, the Camaleonda sofa makes for a cosy statement. The modular sofa can also be easily reconfigured with a system composed of carabiners, cables and rings, allowing one to transform the seating arrangement seamlessly to suit their needs.

The sofa was relaunched in 2020 by B&B Italia, with modern updates made by Bellini. The new edition features removable covers created from sustainable materials like recycled PET, as well as spherical feet crafted by beechwood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Available from Space Furniture

3. Edra On the Rocks sofa by Francesco Binfaré

Step into the living room belonging to Kai of Korean boy band Exo, and you’ll instantly be greeted by a dove grey On the Rocks sofa from Italian manufacturer Edra. Envisioned by Italian designer Francesco Binfaré, the sofa features wide and spacious seating with generous depth, beckoning you to sink into comfort.

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The highlight of the sofa is its backrests and armrests; made from the brand’s patented Smart Cushions, the highly customisable design features soft and voluminous padding with joints made from special materials that allow you to effortlessly shape it into any position you’d like.

Available from Space Furniture

4. De Sede Terrazza sofa by Ubald Klug

Swiss designer Ubald Klug was inspired by the terraced fields of the Alps when he brought the Terrazza sofa to life in the early 1970s for furniture manufacturer De Sede. Designed to resemble the varying widths and depths of Swiss slopes and topography, the Terrazza—officially coined as the DS-1025—is a hit amongst celebrities and designers with its unconventional form.

Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard as well as television personality Kylie Jenner favour the sofa for its dynamic allure, while supermodel Erin Wasson fell smitten with its unusual shape and had coveted the sofa for nearly a decade before finally getting her hands on an original piece shipped from the Czech Republic.  

 

A single element is made up of seven graduated leather-wrapped cushions that are set on a rectangular wooden base; the sofa is typically purchased in sets of two or more to form a modular seating arrangement. While De Sede continues to produce the original design, many also turn to hunting for vintage secondhand models on auction sites due to its hefty price tag. 

Available from Da Vinci Lifestyle

5. Cassina Soriana sofa by Tobia and Afra Scarpa

Designed by Italian husband-and-wife duo Tobia and Afra Scarpa, the Sorianna sofa is exemplar of the designers’ design ethos: chic, distinctive and tasteful. With an understated elegance that exudes a sense of cosiness and comfort, the sofa is a huge hit amongst designers like Kelly Wearstler and Nate Berkus.

Following a request from Cesare Cassina, the founder of the established Italian brand, the Soriana sofa was designed in November 1969. It was presented at the Cologne trade show in January 1970, and immediately gained popularity with its soft contours and sophisticated form. However, the years after that saw the sofa losing popularity, causing Cassina to end production of the sofa in 1982.

In recent years, however, an upsurge of interest in the sofa has allowed it to make a comeback. With a metal structure that forms a brace for the biodegradable internal padding, the sofa now offers optimum comfort by eliminating the need for an internal support. 

Available from W. Atelier

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