This year’s winner of the Interior Innovation Award is the SET sofa system dreamed up by Berlin-based manufacturer Sitzfeldt. In early January of each year, imm Cologne, the international furniture in Cologne, teams up with the German Design Council, to present selected exhibitors with this coveted award.
What sets the new Sitzfeldt sofa system apart from the rest is its versatility. Four building blocks provide the basis for the user to put their sofa together just as they wish – they can even do it online. They can chose whichever arm and back rests, seat cushions, cushions and covers they like, in fabric or leather. The individual components are even easy to assemble: the back and arm rests are bolted together, while the seat cushions are held together using Velcro fastenings. “Sofas form a central part of our lives. With SET anyone can make a highly personal centerpiece for their home or workplace,” explains young designer Steffen Kehrle, the brain behind the modular sofa system. The buyer is given an active role in the design process, encouraging them to form an emotional connection to their new furniture from the very outset.
Sitzfeldt also adopts a sustainable approach when it comes to production. Their products are manufactured in Europe by the company’s trustworthy partners. Additional aspects of their corporate philosophy include a clear formal vocabulary and surprisingly low prices. And it is precisely this that makes the young company, founded in 2012, one to watch out for – a serious competitor in the industry.
The three-seater is just one of the countless combinations that can be made using the “SET” sofa system, designed by Steffen Kehrle for furniture manufacturer Sitzfeldt, photo © Sitzfeldt
Developing the armrests: The foam construction makes for a straight-line, reduced design offering maximum comfort, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
Structure of one of the first “SET” prototypes, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
Testing the initial prototypes, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
Designer Steffen Kehrle and his team compare the second (left) with the third and final prototypes in the workshop, photo © Sitzfeldt
Study: papier-mâché model of the “SET” design, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
Further variations on the “SET” design in papier-mâché, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
The first prototype complete with cover, photo © Atelier Steffen Kehrle
This two-seater in light-brown leather is made of two seating elements, two backrests and two armrests, photo © Sitzfeldt