Object stories: Softly sofa by Nick Rennie

By Penny Craswell

Melbourne designer Nick Rennie was recently in Paris where French design brand Ligne Roset launched his latest design at Maison & Objet – the Softly sofa. For Nick, the sofa is really about comfort, creating a compact shape with high cushions that provide effective support while being extremely comfortable.

Softly sofa by Melbourne designer Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset. Photo: supplied
Softly sofa by Melbourne designer Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset. Photo: supplied

“The idea came from placing a number of cushions together vertically to form the sides and the back of the sofa,” says Rennie. “It has quite a high seat level as well, so its super easy to get up from. And the higher back and sides also have a little flex to them and yet retain their stiffness, which allows great support.” Because of its compact size, the sofa is much more flexible than many other options.

The process of creating the sofa with Ligne Roset was a smooth one for Rennie who first showed his work to Michel Roset in 2011 and has already produced the Mushroom lamp with them (see earlier post Nick Rennie talks Ligne Roset). “We only needed the one prototype (which is really down to the amazing skill and expertise of the Ligne Roset staff) and found that it was super comfortable, so then it was just a matter of fine tuning a few of the details such as stitching and fabric selection,” explains Rennie. The sofa is now available in the full range of Kvadrat fabrics.

Softly by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at Maison & Objet. Photo: Nick Rennie
Softly by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at Maison & Objet. Photo: Nick Rennie

Rennie also saw the sofa launch at IMM Cologne and has had a busy year working with other brands including Normann Copenhagen and Porro – he is currently developing some exciting new designs for release next year with these and other brands. He has also had success with his new accessories range ni.ni. launched with interior designer/stylist Nina Provan this time last year.

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Softly sofa by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at Maison & Objet. Photo: Nick Rennie
Softly sofa by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at Maison & Objet. Photo: Nick Rennie
Softly sofa by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at IMM Cologne. Photo: Nick Rennie
Softly sofa by Nick Rennie for Ligne Roset at IMM Cologne. Photo: Nick Rennie

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