Eight living rooms where low-slung furniture creates a casual lounge atmosphere

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Low-back sofas and armchairs take a leading role in our latest lookbook, exploring how low-slung furniture can create a relaxed and informal atmosphere in living rooms.

When lounge furniture sits close to the ground, it can significantly impact the mood of the room.

Low-back seats are usually wider, allowing for a more comfortable and relaxed sitting position. In some cases, sofas can almost resemble beds.

Such furniture works particularly well in open-plan interiors as it helps to define different areas without creating a sense of separation. Additionally, it can soften heavily decorated rooms.

Now, let’s dive into eight examples from our lookbook series, featuring a London loft renovation and a California home.

St John Street, UK, by Emil Eve Architects

The aim of the renovation in London’s Clerkenwell neighborhood was to enhance the comfort of a former warehouse space while preserving its industrial character.

A low-slung, L-shaped sofa contributes to the desired atmosphere in the living space. Other furniture pieces are also set low, enabling the exposed brickwork walls to take center stage.

Casa Vasto, Spain, by Mesura

This converted factory apartment in Barcelona’s El Poblenou neighborhood serves as both a living space and a gallery, showcasing a variety of collectable art and design pieces.

Low-lying furnishings help emphasize the apartment’s lofty, vaulted ceilings, creating an ideal setting for display. Among them, a modular sofa system that can be arranged in various configurations and a low coffee table made from construction waste.

House by the Sea, UK, by Of Architecture

The open-plan ground floor of this seaside house in Cornwall encompasses two lounge spaces. One is designed as a snug area, featuring a high-back sofa and a hearth, while the other has a more casual ambiance.

The low-backed, modular L-shaped sofa in the second space is upholstered in beige marl fabric. Its design allows for a seamless connection with the adjacent kitchen and offers views through the expansive sliding windows, providing a picturesque panorama of Newquay’s Pentire Steps beach.

Sausalito Outlook, USA, by Feldman Architecture

The living room of this renovated 1970s house on San Francisco Bay showcases an iconic low-slung seating design that was introduced around the same era.

The Togo chairs and sofas, designed by Michel Ducaroy in 1973 and produced by Ligne Roset, resemble oversized, slouchy cushions, but their foam filling provides unexpected support.

In this space, they create two seating areas suitable for reading, watching television, or enjoying the panoramic sea view.

Twentieth, USA, by Woods + Dangaran

Generous, low furniture pieces are a recurring feature in this three-story house in Santa Monica, designed to be both practical for everyday life and suitable for hosting parties and gatherings.

One notable example is a set of four club chairs with swivel bases arranged around a polished stone coffee table in one of the two ground-floor living rooms.

NZ10 Apartment, Spain, by Auba Studio

Low-back furniture can be a great fit for rooms connecting indoor and outdoor spaces, typically offering a more informal atmosphere. This apartment in Palma de Mallorca is a prime example.

Situated in a converted bakery, the home showcases full-height sliding doors that seamlessly connect a rear lounge space with a patio terrace. A casual, low sofa extends along one side of the room.

Apartment Canal Saint-Martin, France, by Rodolphe Parente

The living room of this renovated Haussmann-era apartment in Paris revolves around a sculptural vintage sofa, upholstered in mustard-yellow velvet.

The piece boasts a formal, geometric shape that complements the building’s period details, while its low profile gives the room a contemporary touch, complemented by playful artworks and furnishings.

Sag Harbor 2, USA, by KOS+A

For the owners of this waterfront house in the Hamptons, prioritizing sunset views was a must. With a largely glazed waterfront facade, it made sense to opt for unobtrusive furniture. Hence, a low-slung L-shaped sofa and a curved club chair were chosen for the family lounge area.

These examples offer a glimpse into the versatility and appeal of low-back sofas and armchairs in various interiors. Stay tuned for more inspiration from our lookbook series, featuring colorful bedrooms and kitchens with tiled worktops.

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