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Sustainable sofa brand Sabai realized less is more when it came to its latest release. In the early stages of developing another couch, the company posted a series of polls on Instagram asking people which shapes and sizes they wanted most, and the responses made it clear. “The crux seemed to be space limitations,” says Phantila Phataraprasit, one of Sabai’s cofounders. “They loved our mission but were in an earlier stage of their lives—such as college students and young professionals.” 

So the POC- and women-owned company launched a love seat that’s built for customers living in smaller homes and apartments. The model measures 62 inches across and 34 inches deep—that’s more compact than the average IKEA or West Elm sofa. Just like the larger versions, it uses eco-friendly materials like recycled velvet, FSC-certified wood, and CertiPUR-US foam. 

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Sabai’s latest design isn’t modular—for now. In December 2021, the brand plans to introduce extensions to the love seat so it can become a full-length sofa or sectional when you eventually upsize to a larger place. “We’re building out the technology to connect different frames together,” explains Phataraprasit. The add-on feature speaks to the company’s mission to have less waste. The unit that fits your home now can grow with you in the future.  “It shows that Sabai is for everyone,” she adds, “no matter where you live.”

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