Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Style Trend: Tuxedo Sofas


A little over a year ago, I bought my first sofa. I'd previously dabbled in couch ownership, if you can call my $25 CraigsList loveseat a couch, but this was my first real sofa. The decision wasn't an easy one. I considered a few sink-into-the-seat leather couches—you know, the overstuffed sort that only has curves, no angles. But, ultimately, I found the look to be disconcertingly suburban. I wanted visual appeal, not just comfort. 

      Then I found it: a streamlined, Italian leather sofa, in a sumptuous amber-brown. Its low, square arms are contemporary, without being overly modern, and you don't disappear into the cushions. My instincts were recently validated in Southern Living, when editor Lindsay Bierman wrote, "When it comes to sofas, you'll never go wrong with these two styles: a square-armed tuxedo or the curvier, more traditional Charles of London. I'm issuing a moratorium on gigantic roll arms!" 

      My sofa isn't a true tuxedo—the 1920s style is characterized by arms that are the same height as the back of the sofa. (The cushions are often taller than the back.) But the overall aesthetic of my sofa is much the same: clean and contemporary. Tuxedo sofas don't overwhelm the room, as overstuffed sofas do; rather, they serve as the backdrop for color and pattern, adding a subtle element of distinction, even grace, to the room. Don't be misled by the name: Black and white isn't the extent of the tuxedo sofa palette. There's a whole rainbow of choices. 

Stockholm Sofa
IKEA, $1,399

Knole Sofa
CarlyleSofa.com, $4,435

Hutton Sofa
Roomandboard.com, $2,199
Far East Collection Tuxedo Sofa by Baker (circa 1950s)
1stDibs.com, $7,500

Ditte Sofa, Agave Ikat
Anthropologie.com, $3,298
Liam Sofa
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $2,495
Aidan Sofa
Crate & Barrel, $2,199
Essex Sofa
West Elm, $1,299

Hutton Sofa
Roomandboard.com, $2,199

Klaussner Tuxedo Leather Sofa
Wayfair.com, $649


  1. I adore your living room and am about to venture into the world of couch ownership, too. Where did you find your sofa?

    1. Thank you! I bought it at Unclaimed Freight. (http://www.unclaimedfreight.us/) It's an awesome place to find great deals.

  2. Hello, How do I get in touch with you? There is no email or contact info listed .. please advise .. thanks .. Mary. Please contact me maryregency at gmail dot com