People often love the idea of a large comfortable lounge to occupy their living space. However, building access restricts this option, with lifts not permitting lounge lengths beyond 2.1metres, even for the penthouse suite!
Not many apartments buildings in Australia have separate goods lifts and even if they do, these are also not large enough to fit a sofa in that is large than 2.1 metres.
Access around stair wells is also often an issue. With the increase of smaller apartment sizes, stairwells are often restricted and corners are tight.
Even for many homes, the requirements for a large entry way or side access can often limit the choice of sofa for your home.
Additionally, safety regulations mean that hoisted furniture requires the hiring of a professional crane driver and machine, as well as council permission and payments for street closures. This could be a very expensive exercise and force you into choosing something less than ideal for your interiors.
Studio Pip’s Solution
All of these issues are what inspired the Play Sofa.
Due to its design of separate pieces and potentially hundreds of combinations, the Play Sofa can suit both small homes and large, and also be easily delivered in segments, making access a breeze. No apartment lift is too small for the Play, and the combinations of pieces allow you to take full advantage of your internal living space to create an ideal living room that offers rest and relaxation.
Most importantly, the Play Sofa and its form continue to delight customers due to its versatility and comfort. Appealing to the eye, its construction and final design was over 6 months in the making. A single seat was desired so that there were no additional seams or separate seat cushions.
The idea was to use smaller pieces to create a large sofa. Like pieces of LEGO, the look had to be structured but with a soft feel; keeping form, yet cosy at the same time.
The comfort factor had to be high, and design specifications needed to suit both commercial and residential applications.
Finally, the Play had to suit all shapes and sizes. This resulted in a variety of shapes and pieces that can all be used together to allow for different heights for all family and friends. When presented in a modular lounge style, guests can relax on the Play Sofa, as it offers somewhere for everyone to sit. The large (optional) armrests offer lounging comfort and the longer pieces also offer extra seating room when required or the ability to stretch out and relax.
The latest design of the Play Modular Lounge offers a new corner piece that is angled. Previously all corner pieces had right angles. The newly designed corner piece offers a sloping angle. This idea was inspired by a client that wanted to create the possibility of two people stretching out and sharing the longer piece, rather than just one. This lovely idea is a great example of how Studio Pip allows the flexibility of choice in Australian design.
Overall, the versatility of the Play Sofa has offered clients many variations of the lounge, resulting in a huge range of combinations that now grace both homes and commercial spaces (like reception areas and break out rooms) in Australia.