Sarah Sherman Samuel Just Designed the Modern-Day Fainting Sofa
And we’re swooning.
Published Oct 20, 2023 10:05 AM
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Although Sarah Sherman Samuel is best known for her curved shapes and minimalist-leaning palettes, her latest launch features a traditional detail she hasn’t yet added to her furniture designs: floor-grazing skirts.
“I’ve done quite a few skirted cabinets and sinks, but this is my first furniture piece with a pleated [one],” she says. “The box pleat feels structured and classic, but paired with the cylindrical shaped arms and low-slung back, it’s a contemporary play on a Victorian fainting sofa.” Swoon.
With their petal-like pleats, the velvet Alba chair and sofa got their name from a Michigan wildflower, a nod to Samuel’s current home, Grand Rapids, and both are part of a new collection at SSS Atelier, the designer’s online platform for her self-produced pieces. Because they’re made from such a rich fabric, she suggests pairing them with raw wood, natural stone, and a shaggy wool rug.
Speaking of…along with the plush furniture, Samuel launched the Kamp dining chair, inspired by childhood summers spent in tents with her family. Together, the three pieces create a Venn diagram of what the designer does best: cool shapes, nods to west Michigan, and ultra-covetable pieces.