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5 Cosy Fabric Sofas that are Simply Irresistible
Posted on Monday January 01, 2018

They say when you love something you will know it when you see one. We’re talking about sofas. Our latest fabric sofa collection are not only good looking, but at the same time cosy, charming, stylish, and graceful. It’s the first thing you will want to relax on when you come home at the end of a long tired day (too bad if you thought it was the bed). That’s because our sofas make you feel at home.

No other sofa gives you so much freedom as Bellice (shown in the picture below). Completely modular, from Beck Design by Leolux is anything but ordinary. It works in umpteen arrangements from armchair, chaise longue, corner sofa, to sectional. With footstools, head supports in three widths and arm cushion variants.


Unconventional, cosy and modular, the Pacific (in grey) sofa by Fama consists of six platforms of different measures which one can add or remove backrests to turn into a chaise lounge or an attractive curved sofa. Every time you feel your living room needs a new look, you just have to add or remove according to your wish.



Inspired by the fifties, but retro-styled for the modern home Astoria (in light blue) by Fama is an eye-catcher from every angle. Adding a special touch are the legs, a contemporary upgrade of the classic 17th century design. Thanks to its attractive design and great comfort, Astoria can be coupled with any other furniture to make your décor look interesting.




Dieses sectional sofa (below) by Natuzzi is compact and ideal for apartment living. It features an adjustable headrest, sleek wooden legs, and a stylish piping for the armrest. Other options include a sofa bed with the innovative Greenplus mattress, recliner mechanism with “zero wall” system; the seating and backrest move forward, inclining as the sofa opens so there's no need to keep it away from the wall. Dieses is versatile as it is available in several configurations to meet the consumer's space requirements.



Showcased in the picture below is the much loved sectional sofa and the most versatile as well, Arianne Love lives up to its name with its inviting design and endlessly extendable modules. This latest model by Fama allows you to control the sofa through an app on your phone. You can raise the height of the sofa before or while you sit, making it perfect for older people too. Besides, you can customise this sofa in terms of look, size, colour, and print.



Whenever you choose a sofa from Simply Sofas, you have the privilege of getting it designed in the choice of colour, size, shape, and material you like. Simply because we believe that comfort should be adapted to suit your lifestyle and taste. Visit us and get the joy of designing your homes beautifully and distinctively.



A World Of Chairs To Choose From
Posted on Monday December 25, 2017

We come across a lot of chairs in our lives. The study chair, the office chair, the waiting room chair, the salon chair, the porch chair, the theatre chair, the dining chair, and the grandma's chair. And if these chairs don't feel right, they won't feel right and we will not enjoy sitting on them. Despite the colour and the look, we want to make sure that the chair we are sitting on is a comfortable one. That is where Simply Sofas comes into the picture because we make homes comfortable and help you find a chair that matches your exact requirements. Whatever your seating needs, whether indoor or outdoor, we've got the right chairs for every room in your home.



Most brands that we have (Molteni & C, Leolux, Koinor, Fama, NicolettiHome, Bonaldo, Tonin Casa, Alf Italia, Calligaris, Stressless, and Becker) and their fruit of infinite inventiveness have made them design chairs that are one of a kind. The range comprises of high back chairs, low back chairs, very high with no back at all, chairs upholstered in fabric and leather, polypropylene chairs, polycarbonate chairs, wooden chairs, chairs that are flexible and functional, chairs that swivel, rock, tilt, recline, foldable chairs, fixed chairs, chairs that turn into a bed, chairs that one can raise or lower, chairs with adjustable backrest, adjustable footrest, with ottoman, chairs in a wide range of colours, chairs for anyone, anywhere at any time.



And if you ever doubt whether these chairs go well with your decor style or occasion, take it for granted that you'll find the perfect one that matches your needs.

Something that matches your personality? We have answers to that as well.

If you're a minimalist, flexible, and believe that what you see is what you get, then check out our dining chair collection: www.simplysofas.in/dining-chairs  These chairs not only go well around a dining table but work perfectly fine in living space and outdoors as well.



If you like your individual space and time and believe in being stylish, there's a whole bunch of chairs designed by the tastemakers that match your personality. Check these chairs at the bottom section of the following link: www.simplysofas.in/sofas-and-couches




If you're a tech-savvy and like to have a recliner that obeys your every command or moves along with your bodily changing positions then our recliner chairs are the perfect fit for you. Check them out here: www.simplysofas.in/recliners



Whatever your choice, all of them have one thing in common: comfort.

All you have to do is visit our stores and take a seat on whichever chair you like and you'll soon discover the perfect one for you.



Wooden Beds You'll Love
Posted on Monday December 18, 2017


Some of the best memories and intimate moments happen in and around our bedroom. The bed is the hero of the room, and that's where the attention is naturally drawn, which is why you want to make sure it looks great all the time. Wooden beds match any decor style and are the only way forward if you want something in both classic as well as contemporary. Stylish, modern, and elegant, we are happy to introduce our new bed collection that you will love.

Among our renowned brands, Alf Italia, made in Italy, is very particular about their choice of materials, production technology, and design quality. The collection we have is simply beautiful and matches your personal preferences.

Sleek and minimalist, Memphis bed makes one stop and stare. The beauty of the warm wood grain is highlighted with a grey erable inlay detailing. The bed is finished in walnut canaletto veneers with a high gloss lacquer finish that reflects available light to brighten any space. The eye-catching chromed legs emphasize the precision of the real wood veneers.

Memphis bed in walnut canaletto

 If industrial chic is your vibe, then have a look at Accademia bed. This one is crafted in a beautiful and warm termocotto oak finish. The understated headboard is composed of quilted upholstery inlays set withing the beautiful termocotto oak which makes it a defining statement. The bed is equipped with LED lights and golden-effect glass accents.

Accademia bed in termocotto oak 

You cannot go wrong with the classics and Matera bed is designed to inspire sweet dreams. Innovative materials and outstanding attention to detail, this bed has contemporary lines and a grain textured oak finish. Strikingly stylish Matera modern platform bed comes with an ambient LED lighting for the headboard. This distinctive and classically traditional piece has the advantage of a high gloss finish which adds warmth and depth and creates the perfect addition to any bedroom setting.

Matera bed in grain textured oak finish

Comfort is given based on the pillows and the mattresses you have. But, when it comes to the bed it's all about the style, frame, the material used, robustness, and longevity that matters. So, choose wisely.
 
Remember, whichever bed you choose, it’s also important to find the right mattress for a good night's sleep. Wooden beds are flexible that way, they cater to all kinds of mattresses. Check out our mattress collection here.

And if wood is not your style, check out our wide range of upholstered beds here.



7 Sofas to Transform Your Mood
Posted on Thursday November 23, 2017

Think Transformers the movie, which has these cars transforming into giant alien robots! Of course, our sofas wouldn't do that, but they transform to give you a seating experience like never before. You don't have to wait for another decade to see an evolution in sofas. It's right here. People have always needed somewhere to sit down and the modern sofas not only provide a comfortable seat they also change to your mood with a touch of a button on your smartphone. There are more interesting features that will probably leave you flabbergasted, so explore some of the handpicked sofas from the new and vast Milan Collection 2018.

1. FREE MOTION by Koinor
Imagine sofas that can give you individual space and also allow you to come closer to your partner when you want to enjoy some good time together. Well, Koinor with its crafted-by-hand and 'made in Germany' tag has made this a possibility. Epos and Edit are the two versions of the free motion concept. These at first glance appear to be normal sofas, but hidden behind the sleekness is the innovative technology filled with surprises and creativity. Thanks to the integrated motor, these seats rotate, move laterally, and come with adjustable headrest and can automatically adjust back and footrest. No wonder it is called the new dimension in seating, lounging, and living. And the best part is that the movement can be controlled via remote control or via Bluetooth or an app. Media station, sound system and led base illumination are optional features. These sofas are available as two or three seaters and in a choice of materials and colours. Designed by Tamara Harty.

Epos and Edit by Koinor




2. ASCANA by Leolux
Meet Ascana, the stylish proof that comfort is an eternal bliss. The sofa features adjustable seats, headrests in varying heights, and matching footstools. Ascana is available in ‘Low’ or ‘Plus’ versions. The ‘Low’ version has no head rests. The ‘Plus’ comes with head rests that you can adjust assisted by a gas spring. To fine-tune your comfort, tilt the head rest by pulling the top towards you.




3. ARIANNE LOVE by Fama
With technology as the defining feature this year, Fama has added a new feature to the much loved sectional sofa Arianne Love. The sofa comes with its own app, to work for you all the more effortlessly. A click is all it takes to turn a sofa into a bed or to even raise the height of your sofa before or while you sit on it. Possibly the most versatile sofa ever made, Arianne Love lives up to its name with its inviting design and endlessly extendable modules.

Control sofa via app




4. MOONRISE XL by Fama
The MoonriseXL recliner is for couples who like to enjoy their relax moments together. The reclining system works with a remote control and can be stopped in different positions. This model has two independent adjustable headrests. If you don’t want to fall into temptation, you’d better not try it. Moreover, you will be left puzzled with, is it a small sofa? Or a big chair?

Moonrise XL by Fama

5. INDY by Fama
The chic Indy offers many amazing positions from a sofa to a bed at the touch of a button, and all this without having to get up. The smart design of the motorised backrest system allows you to adjust the depth of the sofa and the position of the back, and it can be used as a recliner sofa for four people. All this can be controlled by the buttons from your smartphone via an app.

Indy by Fama




6. VENICE by Becker
The inviting Venice, is a sectional with a chaise longue. It has a motorised recliner seat with individually adjustable headrest and footrest, and a USB port. There’s a table to hold your drink as well.

Venice by Becker

7. IAGO by Natuzzi
Beauty combines with innovation to achieve maximum comfort with the adjustable footrest and headrest, adaptable to your individual needs. The square and linear shapes of Iago combine in perfect harmony with the softness of the padding and give it a pleasantly surprising appearance. The version with the reclining function also has the exclusive Soft Touch mechanism. This lets you change the position of the seat and the backrest simply by sliding a finger on the buttons located between the seat cushion and the armrest to achieve absolute comfort.



Visit our stores for a wide collection of latest and contemporary sofas from Milan Collection 2018. http://www.simplysofas.in/stores 



8 Sideboards That Go Well With Any Dining Setting
Posted on Thursday November 23, 2017

There are some furniture pieces whose absence makes the space look mundane just like a missing piece in a puzzle game, and whose presence adds more sophistication and functionality. The sideboard is one such. The sideboard adds to the aesthetic value of the dining room, completing the ensemble with table and chairs. Sideboards are essential - where would you keep your crystal ware, fine china, cutlery, glassware, cooking books and a lamp, or even display a grand meal for your guests?

With the launch of the new Milan Collection 2018, we have the latest straight from the world's biggest design fair. Get ready to be inspired and fall in love.

By Tonin Casa is the bold and chic Tiffany. With a quilted covering, this sideboard is in a Canaletto walnut finish and upholstered in rhombus patterned Ottanio leather. Truly a representation of Made in Italy.

Tiffany from Tonin Casa

Classic in looks yet modern in function, the Alf Rigadin sideboard comes with solid wood oak panels in a finish reminiscent of the traditional ‘rigadin’ pinstripe pattern of Murano handblown glass vases. The unit sits on a lean steel frame and is capped with a marble top.

Rigadin by Alf Italia

Lines and geometry embody the striking Maya sideboard by Tonin Casa, with an embossed wood effect in Canaletto walnut. This distinct piece breaks the monotony of anything that is ordinary.

Maya from Tonin Casa

Bridging the gap between classical and modern, the Frame sideboard by Bonaldo is in an irresistible bold metal frame structure that stands in sharp contrast to the wooden panels. Designed by Alain Gilles.

Frame from Bonaldo

Inspired by the 70s graphics and an object of art, Shade by Bonaldo comes with a metal base and elegant bevelled sides to make its edges less sharp.

Shade from Bonaldo

Here's a graceful Wai chest of drawers by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo. The base takes its shape from the joined hand gesture, a sign of respect across the East, and the Thai for welcome. It has a metal base and wooden frame with recessed handles. Together they form a simple and stylish appearance.

Wai by Bonaldo

Contemporary and distinctive, Amber sideboard by Jamie Durie for Natuzzi. The decorative scalloped front face uses a custom CNC cutting path with a timber veneer overlay surface, resulting in a beautiful undulating sculptural surface.

Amber from Natuzzi

Versatile in nature, Honey works as a television stand and sideboard. Standing out with distinguished woodworking is the Canaletto walnut and heat-treated dark oak and glass highlights. This beautiful beehive design by Tonin Casa is brought to life through skilled workmanship.

Honey from Tonin Casa

The new collection is a visual treat in terms of design and structure. These sideboards are worked with different styles, colours, patterns, and finishes in unusual and exciting new ways to complement as well as balance with the existing decor in your room. Along with design and functionality, these pieces are evolved to fit changing decor styles and complement challenging interiors.  The most important thing to do when choosing a sideboard is to make sure that it's functional and serves your need.

Visit our stores to explore a wide range of collection. http://www.simplysofas.in/stores

*If you're an architect or an interior designer these latest sideboards are top notch for your interior projects.



Molteni & C, Now in India
Posted on Monday November 13, 2017

A story or a film with a good start and then a suspenseful climax is what we all love. And if furniture could do the same, won't it be enticing and magnificent? Here's a new label we have been waiting for. A name that tells interesting stories through designs and makes the climax beautiful, unanticipated, yet memorable. Or should we just say the less we say, the more you see?

Molteni & C. The defining name in premium luxury furniture, is now exclusively available in India. At Simply Sofas, we are thrilled to bring this extraordinary brand to South India(mainly Bangalore & Chennai), specialised in high-end home furniture and premium luxury projects (such as hotel, ships, theatres, and public buildings).

Designed by architects
The Molteni’s collection features the exclusive work of some of the most prestigious architects and designers such as Foster+Partners, Gio Ponti, Jean Nouvel, Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison, Michele De Lucchi, Tobia Scarpa, Vincent Van Duysen, Ron Gilad, Arik Levy, Aldo Rossi, Hannes Wettstein, Yasuhiko Itoh to name a few. And now, you can bring the work of these gifted designers into your bedroom, living room, and dining room.

Cassettone chest of drawers by Gio Ponti

Identity
Italian at heart, Molteni & C' history goes deeply back to 80 years and is a confluence of exemplary design, cutting-edge craft and great tradition. Over the years, they have designed and built prototypes that have become mainstream, introduced new ways of crafting furniture systems that are architectural in every sense, and enlivened the homes of people who appreciate the technique, detail, and beauty. Today, the Molteni group can boast a 360° presence in the interior design field. Molteni & C designs furniture for the most intimate environments of daily living to large public spaces. The range of products offered by the brand include: sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs, wardrobes, single units, walk-in closets, beds, drawer units, bookshelves, accessories and rugs.

Quality
Molteni's mission is to continually invest in research and technological development in order to provide products with a quality that lasts in time. What makes them different from other labels is their knowhow regarding materials, finishing, and personalisation of the product. Technology is an inseparable part of the brand as they constantly carry out work on new, innovative solutions. So as to say combining a long tradition of traditional craftsmanship with innovative technology to present the best to the consumers.

Gliss Master wardrobe by Vincent Van Duysen 
Collection
While talking about Molteni, people also speak of hidden quality, alluding to the technical, functional and material quality present, but often unseen in its furniture. That's something unique to the brand. The designs go beyond your assumption and surprise you with their never-seen features. Always up-to-date with the latest trends, Molteni has living, dining, and bedroom solutions that reflect the new ways of living. Molteni is present in over 80 countries worldwide and has 40 flagship stores opened in the most important international metropolises. And, now making its way to Simply Sofas is an icing on the cake.

Paul sofa
The less we say, the more you see, don't you agree?  Come, and explore the collection or fix an appointment for a personal tour at a time convenient to you, please contact us or visit us. http://www.simplysofas.in/stores 



Ceramic Table Tops and the Best of Both Worlds
Posted on Friday October 27, 2017

The latest ceramic dining tables can host the most exquisite parties and yet remain easy to clean and maintain. Without as much as a care in the world about the ensuing wear and tear. Technology is constantly changing the way we go about things. Meet the latest innovation that combines the beauty of marble and the strength of ceramic in tabletops that are scratch, heat, and stain resistant.

The great big Milan 2018 collection is here with iconic pieces like the Calligaris Orbital, a Pininfarina design seen sporting the new marble over ceramic top.

Exclusively available in a range of finishes at all Simply Sofas stores. Choose from dining tables for two or six to up to ten people.

Jungle
The Jungle fixed table in a marble print over a ceramic glass top and a double pedestal base with wood. Seen here with the Fifties chair in vintage faux leather and metal.

Jungle by Calligaris

Echo
The distinctive Echo table with a honey-coloured marble print over a ceramic glass top that can be extended on both sides. Seen here with the Aida Soft chair in vintage faux leather.

Echo by Calligaris

Cartesio
Sculpted, and adding more than a touch of style is Cartesio, the iconic fixed table, with a ceramic glass top and a varnished ‘V’ metal base in black.  Seen here with the versatile Saint Tropez chair.

Cartesio by Calligaris

Eclisse
A bold statement at ease in any environment. Extensible, sporting a lacquered wood base and in a ceramic top with onyx finish. Eclisse features a rotating co-planar extension mechanism.

Eclisse by Calligaris

Cop 
Cop stands apart with a base inspired by objects that usually adorn a table’s surface - bottles, precious stemmed and champagne glasses in various shapes and sizes. The top is available in wood, glass, or ceramic with rectangular or bevelled corners or in a round shape. Design by Roberto Paoli.

Cop by Bonaldo 

Tivoli
The Tivoli extensible dining table with its simple lines and all new ceramic, round top. Seen here with the iconic Igloo armchair in vintage faux leather.

Tivoli by Calligaris 

Tivoli extensible table

Schwof
A unique dining concept, Schwof, comes with three seating options - a fixed sofa, a bench with upholstered swivel seats and chairs, and a table in a ceramic top with wood and metal base.

Schwof by Koinor 

Explore our entire latest dining collection from Milan 2018 by following the link: http://www.simplysofas.in/milan2018



The Great Big Milan Collection 2018
Posted on Friday October 13, 2017


We've always been steadfast to the vision we set 7 years ago - to bring the latest to India from the world's greatest show in furniture design, the Salone Del Mobile or the Milan Design Week as we call it. And just like we promised, it is here. Futuristic and ground-breaking. The latest and the largest Milan Collection 2018.
Every year we bring the world's greatest designs to you, designs that are crafted by celebrated European designers whose passion for design is relentless. These original designs come along with patented features that are available to you in customised pieces.
Underpinning this year's collection are the latest materials, the innovative features, the trending colours, the new patterns, and technology-based designs which take the centre stage. One of the main highlights of the latest collection is the touch technology as a new feature. You will see sofas that can shift with a touch of the button or through the aid of apps on your phone. The dining experience is more personalised and impactful with the stain, scratch, and heat resistant features.
The collection comprises of sofas, recliners, sofa recliners, sofa beds, dining tables, dining chairs, beds, mattresses, wardrobes, home theatre seating, accessories and so much more. All by the world renowned brands in furniture industry - Leolux, Koinor, Fama, Natuzzi, NicolettiHome, Bonaldo, Tonin Casa, Alf Italia, Calligaris, Stressless, and Becker. The latest designs are made in Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, and The Netherlands. All this so you can take pleasure in enjoying little moments of life whether it is relaxing on a sofa or sitting at your dining table. Each of the latest designs you see in our stores has the aha moment to it. All you need to do is visit our showrooms spread across 70,000 sq.ft in South India. 
Come, drop in to a Simply sofas stores near you.



The Most Iconic Furniture in Film and TV
Posted on Thursday August 31, 2017

Set design plays a huge part in creating the look and atmosphere of a film or TV show. Sometimes, the furniture takes a background role, visually reinforcing the mood or the character's personalities. In some cases, the furniture lends itself to more profound roles, like a character’s sudden realisation or transformation. And in other cases, we see how interior design is used to enhance the action or mood of a scene or character. One way or the other, furniture shapes the atmosphere and characters in the film and shows. Here are some most iconic pieces of furniture in television and film history.

Sheldon's spot in The Big Bang Theory
The main character in the sitcom, Sheldon loves to sit on the left hand side of a simple brown leather sofa. It was bought for $100 and is a central theme to various episodes in the series. Sheldon perfectly describes his 'favourite' spot in the pilot episode. There's nothing special about the design but it does tie the room together harmoniously.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Television
Central Perk's couch in F.r.i.e.n.d.s
Running for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, Friends became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time.  The orange coloured mohair sofa was a seat in the coffee shop where the characters in the show made it as their meeting point. It fits the decor of the Central Perk perfectly. In 2011 the couch was put up for an auction where it was expected to sell between $4,000 and $6,000. The final selling price remains a mystery.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Television

The gag couch in The Simpsons

One can easily say it is the most famous sofa in TV history. The longest running animated TV show, which across 29 seasons has a couch gag running just before the opening credits. Today the sofa is so iconic; it appears in every episode without fail. The gags in the opening titles have a satirical tone, with the whole clan rushing to make it to the simple brown couch in time to watch TV. Who would have ever thought that a cartoon could powerfully change the way we feel about our sofas?

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox Television

Oprah's couch in The Oprah Winfrey Show

The popular talk hosted by Oprah Winfrey was started in 1984 till 2011 and penetrated into the American pop-cultural consciousness. She was snagging an estimated 7.4 million viewers an episode. The cream-coloured sofa got its popularity when the actor Tom Cruise jumped on the sofa out of joy when he declares his love for Katie Holmes.

Image Credits: Harpo Productions, King World Productions, CBS Television Distribution

Martin's chair - Frasier

In the hit TV show, Frasier Crane has his designer furniture beautifully complementing his flawlessly decorated apartment until his father Martin moves in with his green striped Barcalounger. In spite of owning an Eames recliner with an ottoman, his father refuses to give up the chair which suggests that it was a comfortable piece of furniture.

Image Credits: Paramount Television

Ovalia Egg Chair - Men In Black

Designed by the Danish industrial designer Henrik Thor-Larsen, the Ovalia Egg Chair made its debut in the 1960s at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair. It featured in the films Men in Black and Men in Black II. The feeling of encapsulation makes egg chairs incredibly comfortable to sit back and relax in. These striking chairs gave everyone a glimpse of what futuristic furniture could look like.

Image Credits: Columbia Pictures

The Emperor's Throne - Star Wars 

The Imperial Throne held by Emperor Palpatine in the original Star Wars trilogy is one of the most iconic furniture in science fiction. The throne was the ceremonial chair utilized by the leader of the Galactic Empire, the Galactic Emperor. In large part because of its occupant, Emperor Palpatine, wearing plain robes and a cowl, the throne's design was primarily simple, consisting solely of a swivel-mount contour chair. On its armrests are control keys for enabling communications to Imperial officers, as well as the activation of a personal shield generator and a Royal Guard summoner. The throne captures the character perfectly and in the best possible way.

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

The Iron Throne - Game of Thrones
In the popular TV show, hundreds and thousands of swords were bent in such a way to create that beautiful masterpiece - a throne. The iron throne is forged from over thousand swords that were melted down by the fiery breath of the dragon, Balerion the black dread.  The swords were surrendered by the defeated enemies of the first king, Aegon the Conqueror. The symbolism of the throne is far deeper. Made of steel and swords, it’s a bold statement that evokes power and strength.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. Television

The Ruby Armchair - The Matrix 

The red leather chesterfield armchair in the sci-fi film The Matrix is immortalised. The chair adds assertiveness to the character of Morpheus and makes Neo suggestible by falling for this offer. The chair really gives Morpheus an air of sophistication as he sits back and imparts his wisdom to Neo. Not only is it a great looking chair, it also looks very comfortable to sit in. Most of the iconic scenes in the film take place from this armchair.

Image Credits: Warner Bros. 

Blofed's leather chair - You Only Live Twice (James Bond film)
The famous leather swivel chair used by villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James bond films also goes into the list of the most famous chairs. In the film, You Only Live Twice (1967), the villain sits with his white cat on the 6250 chair launched by the very British company G Plan in 1962. The swivel idea was borrowed from the very best offices in the 60’s, adding the appeal of rocking and the sheer convenience of gliding. The original chair from the Bond film set was sold in Julien's auctions for $16,000 in 2014. To mark the 60th birthday of G Plan, the brand reintroduced the iconic armchair and called it 'The Sixty Two', which was made with the latest materials and techniques so that it captures that same level of quality and comfort the original was renowned for.

Image Credits: United Artists

The Bench - Forrest Gump
Based on a book, the Academy Award-winning movie Forrest Gump has the main character sitting on the bench next to a stranger and narrating his story.  Today you may find a replica of the original bench in Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia so you can click pictures posing on it, but the original bench used in the movie has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum.



Bocca Lips Sofa - Austin Powers
Would you say it is one of the loudest piece of designer furniture ever made? Perhaps it could make a bold statement or add a groovy, humorous twist to a contemporary style home. Inspired by Salvador Dali’s Mae West lips sofa, designed in 1936, the Bocca Sofa has been recreated in many forms over the years including Marilyn Monroe’s lips. Studio 65 Architects designed this masterpiece for Gufram which became a part of the pop culture when the sofa made its first appearance in the movie Austin Powers. Today, Bocca is among the most sought-after, loved, and imitated products of home furniture.

Image Credits: New Line Cinema

Claw-foot bathtub sofa - Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s furniture and decor set design is still fresh in our minds and the film has taken a rightful place in history as a true cultural classic. The unusual claw-foot half bathtub sofa which takes pride of place in Holly Golightly’s (main character) living room is cushioned with pops of colour in the otherwise neutral apartment which acts as a beautiful backdrop to the action and costumes. These pops of colour also symbolise her enigmatic and eccentric personality.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures

Captain's chair - Star Trek
Star Trek remains one of the most legendary science fiction franchises of the last century. Captain James Tiberius Kirk’s chair from the original “Star Trek” series is reserved for the commanding officer of the Enterprise. The chair itself has become so powerful in its implications, using the term ‘the chair’ has come to mean not just the acting authority, but all the responsibilities that come with commanding a Starfleet vessel. Many a scene took place which saw Kirk giving Chekov and Sulu commands from the chair while arguing with Mr. Spock. The chair itself was a very boxlike shape with a cutaway for the seating area. This was then padded with leather. In 2002, the chair from the original series was auctioned for $304,000 and then displayed at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures

Womb Chair from Down With Love 

In the film, not one, but two pale pink womb chairs were found in the character Barbara Novak’s home. The scene where she’s on the pink phone, wearing that midriff-baring shirt and shorts along with these two chairs in her fine 60s apartment, teams with great choices of decor and furniture. Eero Saarinen designed the chair in 1948 in response to Florence Knoll’s request to create a chair to “curl up in”. This mid-century classic supports countless positions and offers a comforting oasis of calm—hence the name.

Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

Eames lounge chair - House M.D.
The Eames lounge chair is the most popular furniture and which has become an icon of modern design and is easily found in many films and TV shows. The recliner is designed by the American Modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames. In House M.D., the character is seen sitting on this chair with his legs on the ottoman and thinking pensively. Dr House gets clues to solve some of the rare medical conditions when he is focused on his chair. The recliner is in a fabric cream colour and not the usual leather we see.

Image Credits: NBCUniversal Television Distribution

Barcelona Chair from Casino Royale
The famous chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 for the International Exposition held that year in Barcelona. Started out as a luxurious object fit more for monarchs, the chair soon was in demand and aspired the most fashionable architects and captains of industry. Knoll took the production of this chair and today has a wide range of these chairs as well as other modifications. James Bond (Daniel Craig) sits in a Barcelona chair as he awaits the return of M (Dame Judi Dench) after breaking into her apartment in Casino Royale (2006). He stays seated as she tears into him; the lack of arms on this chair allows us to see him as vulnerable. One of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona chair exudes a simple elegance that epitomizes Mies van der Rohe's most famous maxim–“less is more.” Each Barcelona piece is a tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.

Image Credits: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures

Other popular furniture seen in TV shows and films include - Jerry's couch in Seinfeld, The Foreman's Basement Couch in That '70s Show, The Wicker Couch in Golden Girls, Tulip Chair from Star Trek, Ox Chair from Austin Powers, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair in Zoolander.




Two Reasons To Visit Simply Sofas Now
Posted on Friday July 28, 2017

#1
Some secrets are so good to keep, just like our 'So Good Sale'. But, secrets are hard to keep, eh? This is a perfect excuse for you to visit our showroom because where else will you get the world's best furniture from the top European brands for such a good price?  (Up to 30% off)


Our sofas are chic, classy, and contemporary and are from the most renowned European brands in Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, and The Netherlands. You have a world of options with over 2,000 shades of leather and over 400 colours of fabric to choose from. The range includes sofa set with variant configurations (two seater + 1 seater + one seater or three seater + one seater), sectional sofas (in L-shape, U-shape or J-shape), chaise lounge, loveseats, and sofa beds. Some of our iconic models have won prestigious awards such as the Red Dot Design Award and the Interior Innovation Award. Our sofas are anything but ordinary. Keeping in mind the ergonomics and functionality - our sofas have adjustable headrest, armrest, and footrest; they recline, swirl, rock, they come with built-in USB charger, an inbuilt sound system with Bluetooth, cup holders, storage space for cushions or TV remote control.



Our second extensive collections are dining tables and chairs. The dining table collection includes the award-winning designs, extensible tables, available in varied shapes and sizes, with wide options of top and base materials to choose from. Chairs range from indoor to outdoor and are available in every colour under the sun.



Besides, our collection comprises of recliners, home theater seating, study or office chairs, cabinets, side tables, centre tables, coffee tables, carpets, accents, crystal ware, mattress, beds, foot massagers, massage chairs, lamps, mirrors, vases, clocks, and more.



#2
To make our customers feel good and get a better experience, we have recently perked up our Mission Road showroom in Bangalore (flagship store). From the arts on the walls to the colourful chair installation like the ones you will see at a Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, to a patio with a bunch of exceptional outdoor furniture; the showroom is anything, but kitsch. Recently, the Houzz.com held their 'Open Houzz' event at the flagship store in Bangalore and the visitors were more than amazed with our extensive collection of approximately 1000 products and the overall experience spread across the 30,000 sq ft showroom.



We can go on and on, but unless you drop into our stores and experience the furniture in person you can never really judge or tell how our furniture feels like. So, consider this as our personal invite. 



Things You Must Know Before Buying a Recliner
Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

Most of us have an idea of what a perfect recliner should be. Some of us want to come back from work and sink into our recliners and enjoy the warmth and cosiness which will put all our worries away. For some, it is a pivotal part of our lives and we like to do a thing or a two, be it watching TV with a bag of french fries or reading a novel. But, if we may never bother about the spills, the cuts, and the brunt they bear over the years, we may never get them to comfort us at the end of a long, hard day. For those who are looking for a new recliner and for those who need help on deciding what recliner to buy, here's a helpful guide to buy the perfect recliner.

Will it fit in the space you have? 
Measure the floor space allocated for the recliner as well as the width, height, and depth of the recliner before you make a purchase. Some recliners need at least three feet of space behind them to fully recline, while others take less space unless they are wall recliners. Keep in mind to take the measurement of the recliner when it is in its reclining position as well. If the recliner comes with an ottoman, reconsider the floor space needed and allot some space between the recliner and the ottoman.



What's your style?
Choose the colour, pattern, and style you want for your decor. These three aspects will narrow down your preferences for buying the recliner. Keep the overall decor style that you are trying to achieve in mind when choosing a recliner. Click pictures of your interiors and decide which style would work best along with seating needs. Stressless recliners come in a wide range of colours and styles; you can take a look at some of our recliners here.



What type are you?
Recliners don't stop at colours, patterns, and style, there's functionality too. Oversized recliners, power recliners, wall recliners, lift chair, massage recliners are some of the types. Oversized recliners are perfect for large spaces or for TV or game rooms. Power recliners adjust to a comfortable posture at the touch of a button and recline at any angle you please. Wall-saver recliners are designed mainly to provide a furniture solution for rooms with a limited amount of space. Unlike other recliners, lift chairs are equipped with a powered lifting mechanism that pushes the chair up from its base to support the person (mainly for elderly people) to rise from a seated position. Massage chairs have a mechanical massage feature that supports lumbar regions and relieves aches and back pain. Decide who will be using the recliner most in your family and then ponder on which suits your circumstance the best.



What makes it better?
All the features depend on what you want or expect from your recliner. To get most of your reclining experience there are features that include rocking or gliding base just like Fama Moon recliner, massage chair, swivel base like Fama Kim,  reclining all the way to a flat position like Koinor Signo, built-in USB charger, inbuilt sound system with Bluetooth, cup holders, adjustable headrest, adjustable armrest,  and adjoining ottoman. All these features add to the experience so you can relax in infinite positions for ultimate comfort. One such is the Stressless glide system which automatically adjusts to your body weight, with no buttons or levers to pull.



How do you want it covered?
The main factors to consider while choosing upholstery is whether the material you choose matches your needs in terms of aesthetics, ease of maintenance, and durability. So go ahead and choose a fabric or a leather recliner as the upholstery options are based on personal preferences and depend on your lifestyle. For leather, Stressless and Koinor have a wide array of options and for Fabric, Fama has wide options in beautiful colours, patterns and sizes. Consider Stressless, they use only genuine top-grain leather and high-quality fabrics to cover the front and the back of the recliners.



Can it withstand the test of time?
One of the biggest factors that go into the durability and price is the frame. The frame is what supports you and the other elements of the piece. The joints are the primary areas of stress on the recliner, if these are robust and can stand the test of time your recliner will last longer. The support construction is another important aspect which determines the comfort levels and durability. Other things to look for include heavy screws, quiet motors, and user-friendly buttons or levers. For example: Stressless recliner has flexo springs on a steel frame that ensures durable construction and strength. Also the perforated foam, moulded directly over the frame, gives you improved seating comfort since the indentations allows you to sink deeper into the seat and back of the recliner.



Is it comfortable?
Recliners are like shoes, looks are essential, but the right fit and comfort is the key. Is it always recommended to test the recliner before buying one. When testing, make sure to sit on it as long as you need. Your feet should touch the floor when the seat back is upright and the headrest should support the head and the neck. The thickness of the cushioning and higher foam density will ensure that it keeps its shape longer. If you do like a recliner but it isn't the right fit don't be let down, Stressless recliners come in three sizes: small, medium, and large which makes it easier for you to find the right fit. Also, if you are tall you will need an oversized recliner or a recliner that comes with a stationary ottoman. This will let you position the ottoman exactly where it needs to be to take the pressure off the backs of your legs. So sit on it, try the levers or buttons, take a spin, and see how you feel. Be your own judge, and check if the size is just right for you. Testing the type of recliner gives you an idea of how it feels when it will rest in your living space.



With today's recliner market, the choices are many but to find the one you love is quite a journey. We hope this guide will help you narrow down your selection process. We wish you good luck in finding the perfect recliner to suit your taste and décor; and if you ever want to know where to buy them there's always a Simply Sofas store where you can drop in and experience and take home the recliner you best love.



An Open Houzz at Simply Sofas
Posted on Friday June 30, 2017

Houzz.com—a global platform for homeowners, architects, and designers to connect and share ideas—partnered with us to host an Open Houzz event at our showroom in Bangalore. Prominent architects, photographers, and interior designers gathered for a great evening of insights into design and artistic techniques.



The evening began with a flourish as the guests entered our recently renovated showroom. As the clock struck seven, the Houzz team introduced Houzz.in and described how designers can use it to connect with potential clients. Shamanth Patil, who specialises in architectural and interior photography, gave a talk on the importance of photography in capturing architecture. He also spoke about photographic techniques that architects can use to bring out the use of space, design, and colour. This included a focus on the important aspects of interior photography: composition, lighting and exposure, and post production.



With a glass of wine in their hands, the guests made their way across our showroom and explored our latest Milan furniture collection. Of particular note was the Calligaris Omnia, a dining table which effortlessly transforms from a six-seater to an eight-seater.



We found the opportunity to speak with one of the guests, also a prominent interior designer, who said, “We have widely used furniture from Simply Sofas for our clients, and most of the furniture in my parents’ house is from Simply Sofas”. Wine and cheese were served as the guests comfortably settled in our sofas to engage in friendly chatter.


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Interior Design Trends for 2017-18
Posted on Wednesday May 03, 2017

Just like we promised in our earlier post, we are back with a report on what's trending from the Milan Design Week 2017 that will continue to be big in interiors through the year and the following year.
This year one would've witnessed a veritable explosion of colours, materials and patterns at the fair. It was a real challenge to pinpoint what's more trending than the other, but that did not stop us from getting on to analyse the widely trending colours and materials for the year ahead.

Colours:
Green kept low profile last year, but occupies a larger quotient when it came to top trending colours this year.  Staying true to the Patone colour of the year, green in shades of olive, forest, deep sea and natural can be seen on walls and panelling, bases, while olive remains as an accent colour.

Last year's big new colour, warm grey continues to be seen in paints, leather, wood, plastics, wallpaper. The hue in tones of olive and rust makes an understated appearance.

A fusion of colours

The Oscar's red carpet trending fashion colour, scarlet made an entry to the furniture world in a minimalist way through terracotta, red wine and solar overtones.

Blue is back and was found on just about everything. It remains as a favourite tonal palette for contemporary interiors.

Pink has paved its way into interiors through blush pastel tones. A refreshing, motivating and pleasant hue, pink adds a touch of femininity, romanticism, and class to the interiors.

Seen in the fashion world and at the academy awards, Metallics make a huge impact in interiors as well. It is quite clear that we are moving away from the softer, more muted tones to a radiant, stronger gold that brings richness to the home. Inject these golden tones into your home through carefully placed ornaments and accessories.

Materials:
There's a huge shift from wood to marble and ceramic. Marbled tones in white, brown and mottled grey ceramic are stronger than ever, and are being used, with marble itself - sculptural and elegant with metal insertions and trims, in tabletops large and small.

Marble and Ceramics
Patterns:
 Monochrome aka black and white have set in breaking the monotony of single tones. You will see them in fabrics, glazed products, upholstery, wallpaper, cabinetry.

Stripes and geometric patterns that emerged last year are here to stay this year too. You will see these patterns dominant in upholstery, wallpaper, tiles, metal and wood surfaces.

Organic  floral designs make their debut, which is seen on walls, cabinets, and woven carpets.

Geometric and floral

If you want to dip your toes in the trends go for these colours and materials and create a confident, composed and comfortable feeling to your space. Ask your architects and designers for the latest and we're sure they will enjoy using these colours and materials in their projects and bring the connection of pleasurable sunny days and the breathing fresh mountain air to make homes look beautiful.

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What to Expect at Salone del Mobile 2017
Posted on Tuesday April 04, 2017

The week-long and the world’s biggest design event – Salone del Mobile 2017 kicks off from April 4 to 9 making Milan city the busiest place on earth. It’s a global platform where design enthusiast, architects and designers swarm to the Rho fairgrounds to seek what’s new and trending with an impending goal to use the latest in décor. 

Here’s the breakdown of all the exhibits that will be happening at the 56th edition of the fair:

Salone Internazionale del Mobile Salone
The International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition
Euroluce
Workplace3.0
SaloneSatellite

Alongside the main fair Salone del Mobile, there’s also Fuorisalone - which has its own set of events and exhibitions that animate the Milan city. The events include- Zona Tortona, Brera Design District, Ventura – Lambrate, Università Statale, Triennale Di Milano, S. Babila, Porta Venezia In Design and Rossana Orlandi. 



Salone Internazionale del Mobile

With more than 1,300 exhibitors and 300,000 visitors from over 165 different countries, featuring an extensive range of goods – from furnishing to lighting to the workspace. In this exhibition you can find everything about classic furniture and furnishing accessories. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is split into three sections: Classic, Design, and xLux. The latter is a section devoted to timeless luxury reworked in a contemporary vein. Classic, with an innovative format under the new name of Classic: Tradition in the future is comprised of more traditional aesthetics, while Design has an emphasis on innovation and product research. The successful Before Design: Classic project presented at the last edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, will also showcase a short film by multi-award winning director Matteo Garrone. The event - DeLightFuL, a portmanteau for Design, Light, Future, Living, offers a highly engaging visual and sensorial itinerary of everyday living and the contemporary space within which the new generation lives in. It investigates how they conceive the domestic space in terms of the intersection between technology and archetypal living, public and private, and basic needs and new desires. This year you can expect to see design heavyweights. 


56th edition of Milan Design Week

The International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition

Looking for home accessories trends? Be sure to stop by some of the 200 local and international exhibitors who will be showcasing their products while exploring recent trends in design - accessories, objects and textiles for the entire home. The accessories exhibition which is running for its 28th year, allows for an extra dimension to the furniture at the trade show. Textiles, clocks, mirrors, home wellness equipment and accessories, leather and coverings for furnishings, and other design objects abound at the show’s annual accessories fair. Manufacturers, like Mario Cioni, Molteni Home will be on display. 


Textiles and carpets seen at the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition

Euroluce (Pavilions 9-11 and 13-15)

In its 29th edition, the biennial exhibitions Euroluce will showcase the very latest devices for outdoor, indoor and industrial lighting to lighting for shows and events, hospital lighting and special use lighting and light sources. This year Euroluce will put a particular focus on technological innovations. Emerging are eco-friendly materials and their relationship with lighting design will also be highly featured all with a particular focus on energy saving, environmental sustainability and light pollution. Euroluce provides a home for lighting under the larger Salone umbrella. 


Euroluce turns 29

Workplace3.0 (Pavilions 22-24)

The 18th edition of the biennial workplace3.0 looks to the future of office design with 110 companies exhibiting their products and ideas. An innovative exhibition area, it is devoted to design and technology in workspace planning. It showcases the finest products designed for procurement plans, reception areas and office spaces. It focuses on human factors and smart technology, it explores new ideas, ways of thinking, and solutions to the workplace of the future.  One of the most exciting aspects of the exhibition is its special event, ‘A Joyful Sense at Work’ which will look into the theory and design of the workplace with four installations. This stunning installation was curated by the architect Cristiana Cutrona. The title reflects that work will need to “make sense” of things and relationships, generate new quality of life, and deliver excitement and happiness. 


Workplace 3.0 - the biennial dedicated to workspace

SaloneSatellite (Pavilions 22-24)

The most important event in the design world for young designers, SaloneSatellite will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. This exhibition has focused on prototype works by emerging designers under 35. This year, at the fabbrica del vapore in milan, a major exhibition by an italian design critic, beppe finessi will further the birthday festivities titled ‘SALONESATELLITE. 20 years of new creativity’, the curation will present an anthology of products from the show’s past that have now gone into production.


20th anniversary of SaloneSatellite

Space&Interiors

The Space&Interiors event returns to the salone del mobile milano being the only event entirely centered on architectiral finishes. The Mall Porta Nuova, in the heart of Milan’s Brera Design District is the venue for this visually stunning showcase of top notch doors, handles, paint and decorating supplies, windows, wall coverings, finishes and interior architecture. Curated by migliore+servetto architects, the show highlights the sectors growing attraction and attention for designers and architects. The exhibit, ‘absolute lightness’, will presents how different manufacturers integrate the concept of weightlessness into their solutions.

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14 Types of Sofas You Should Know
Posted on Friday March 31, 2017

Choosing a sofa does not limit to size, price, colour and material, the form and function of the sofa are equally important. In this guide we have explained 14 styles and their defining characteristics from arms to legs. Knowing these styles will help you appreciate great design, brush up on your design vocabulary and tell how different a chesterfield is from a tuxedo just like a pro. And if you're planning to buy one, it's always better to know the different styles so you can pick your favourite and know exactly what you're looking for. Here are 14 styles of sofas to choose from.

1. Sectional Sofa
The section sofa is a multi-piece sofa. It can be arranged in a number of configurations with many styles, designs and materials depending on your preference. The common configurations are L-shape, U-shape, J-shape and semi-circle. The number of pieces are generally three and five.

Suggested for: larger living rooms; great if you like to stretch out.

2. Chesterfield
The chesterfield sofa is known for its “quilted” or “tufted” style. Some have tufted design only at the back while some on seating section as well. It continues to be a popular style with current sofa trends.

Suggested for: most settings; an iconic design that can be dressed up or down;  a traditional look in the living room or study.

3. Lawson
Firmly stuffed with three back cushions, arms lower than back, the Lawson can either have rolled or square arms. It's often skirted. Designed for comfort, this style’s signature design element has a back which is not upright, but pitched at a very restful angle. A popular sofa design today, the Lawson style sofa is available in many sizes, colours and materials.

Suggested for: versatility – can suit a modern or trad scheme; low, boxy arms are great for napping.

4. Tuxedo
A Tuxedo can be recognised with its high straight arms in line with streamlined back, often with a single row of tufts and exposed legs. No back cushions.

Suggested for: making a style statement; sleek, contemporary interiors.

5. Mid-Century Modern 
From 1940 to 1970 mid-century modern furniture reigned supreme. This style of sofa is all about minimalist design and clean lines. There are many varieties of this style of sofa.  It’s designed to look good and be comfortable.

Suggested for: the design-conscious; a retro or Scandinavian-inspired look, style-conscious apartments and young couples.

6. English Roll Arms
This style of sofa is also called Bridgewater and is known for its low rolled arms in relation to a high back. Upholstery is tight throughout, yet cushioned all over, including the arms.

Suggested for: both style and comfort.

7. Camel back
A classic design this sofa style’s main design feature is a higher back in the centre which descends in a continuous line into the arms of the sofa. It is also recognized for its exposed wooden trim.

Suggested for: those who like a firmer back support; suits a more traditional setting.

8. Cabriole
This sofa style’s trademark design element is its continuous, equal-height back and arms.  Often the arms curve inwards, creating a long line from arm to arm.

Suggested for: smaller living rooms; firm seats are ideal for those needing additional support.

9. Chaise Lounge
A Chaise is a long chair where you can stretch your legs without the use of an ottoman. The back is usually at a semi-reclining angle. A Chaise Longue is also known as 'Chaise Lounge' in North America. Chaise lounges may have an arm while others may have none.  It is extremely popular as a patio furniture typically found along pool sides.

Suggested for: personal space, stretching legs.

10. Loveseat Sofas
The loveseat sofa is an umbrella term for a sofa made for two people. They’re often part of a living room set. Like sofas, loveseats come in many styles and designs such as camelback, cabriole, and the like. The early designs (1800s) of loveseats were not intended to be cosy but rather to accommodate the large dresses worn by ladies of the period.

Suggested for: couples; can be handy if space is tight.

11. Divan
A divan is a sofa without a back. They require being placed against a bare wall against which you can arrange pillows for a cushioned back.

Suggested for: families, relaxing, and living rooms.

12. Sofa bed
 A sofa that doesn't look like a sofa bed but can be converted into a bed. The functional aspect of it includes that it serves as a space saver.

Suggested for: families; space saving; plump cushions and padded arms make it comfy for relaxing.

 13. Knole
 Its distinguished features are straight high back with adjustable arms which can be opened out for naps. The seating has a considerable depth and was used as a throne by royal families.

Suggested for: traditional schemes; its lofty proportions are ideal for larger spaces.

14. Modular sofas
 As opposed to sectional sofas, these are so named because you can take apart the different sections and reattach them into different shapes according to your taste and function.

Suggested for: socialising; works well in larger open-plan living spaces, and entertaining spaces.