General Purpose Sofa

Student Designer

General Purpose Sofa

Project Info

Hoping to revolutionise our approach to furniture maintenance, this ambitious student project tackles the challenges faced by traditional sofas with a versatile and cost-effective design.

In today’s world, millions of pieces of furniture end up in landfills each year – often due to the high cost of reupholstering them. Driven by a desire to address this issue, the General Purpose Sofa incorporates toggle-backed cushions that can be repaired and replaced individually, eliminating the need to replace the entire piece.

The beauty of the sofa lies in its versatility: with the ability to swap out cushions, users can personalise their sofa to suit their unique and changing preferences.

Used for its structural integrity and aesthetically pleasing grain, Douglas fir forms the frame of the sofa. By creating an item that addresses the need for cost-effective repairs and personalised aesthetics, the design seeks to enhance the longevity and functionality of furniture.

LocationKingston Upon Thames

Wood SupplierMoss & Co

SpeciesDouglas Fir (North America) – PEFC & FSC certified

DesignerLukas Astrom-Wilcox

University / CollegeKingston School of Art