Hello, hello! I'm feeling refreshed after an amazing 4 day weekend! It was a productive yet fun weekend, I hung out with friends and managed to squeeze in a little work.
So now the topic at hand. Extra seating. I'm working on a project for a couple that recently purchased an average size condo in Chicago. One of the first things they told me was that a sectional sofa was on the top of their wish list. Obviously I want to make my client happy but after drawing up the floor plan a sectional sofa just doesn't seem doable - it would take up the entire living room leaving no room for additional seating or side tables.
Designing a small condo can be tricky, you have to consider scale and hiding the TV. Don't get me wrong, I love TV and watch a lot of it but a big sofa just staring at it is just plain ugly. When you're designing a home with an open floor plan (and not extra tv room) the trick is to create a space that is formal enough to entertain yet cozy enough to kick up your feet and watch TV. Enter the x-bench. It's the chicest, most versatile alternative to a sectional sofa. You can use it as a foot reset when watching TV or as extra seating for guests then just tuck it under a console table when not in use. Genius. Just genius I tell you!