We looked at the retro furniture market and tested the comfort and quality of the most popular models.
We compared the prices from the leading suppliers in Europe.
We took a close look at two of the most famous designers from the modernist and minimalism eras, Florence Knoll and Le Corbusier, and compared them with the in-house design teams and sofas from BlueSunTree and Retro Europe.
Comfort and Quality.
Silence is golden, so I will whisper softly...... I’ve just been to London to see, touch and sit on the famous sofas from Le Corbusier and Florence Knoll.
What can I say?
They are not the most comfortable sofas in the world.
The famous geometric styling of the mid-century Knoll Sofa takes a while to adapt to but does improve after an hour.
However, the LC2 from Le Corbusier got worse the longer I sat on the sofa.
Why so bad?
The LC2 from Le Corbusier has a steel frame with elasticated straps and a poor quality cushion that starts to slip and disappear between the straps after a while.
The LC2 was designed nearly 100 years ago and is clearly for a different clientele. In 1929 we were all smaller and lighter.
The Knoll model follows the traditional methods of furniture making, with a solid wood sprung frame and a decent quality cushion.
Better Quality and More Comfortable Designer Furniture at BlueSunTree and Retro Europe.
At BlueSunTree they have the Knoll lookalike Lewis Sofa and at Retro Europe they have the Savoy Sofa.
Retro Europe´s Savoy has a more contemporary styled sofa with a wooden frame and legs. The actual constructions are very similar, with traditional hardwood frames and sprung decks.
Both Retro Europe and BlueSunTree have a steel caged sofa in Le Corbusier-esque styling.
But they are full sized sofas constructed with solid hardwood frames and sprung decks for durability and comfort, not like the small and very uncomfortable LC2 from Le Corbusier.
The Brooklyn sofa from BlueSunTree has a rather odd looking under bar, which does look like an afterthought during the manufacturing process.
The Le Bauhaus from Retro Europe is a much cleaner design style that gives the impression that the sofa is floating.
The Knoll Sofa by Florence Knoll is priced around 13,000.00 Euros.
The Lewis Sofa from BlueSunTree is priced around 1,500.00 Euros.
The Savoy Sofa from Retro Europe is priced at 1,099.00 Euros.
The LC2 Sofa by Le Corbusier is priced around 10,000.00 Euros.
The Brooklyn from BlueSunTree is priced around 1,099.00 Euros.
The Le Bauhaus from Retro Europe is priced at 999.00 Euros.
In Conclusion and the Results
The Knoll Sofa scored 4 out of 10.
A high-quality product but overpriced.
A Beautiful example of minimalism.
The Lewis Sofa from BlueSunTree scored 8 out of 10.
Good quality product, offering very good value.
Supreme minimalistic style.
The Savoy Sofa from Retro Europe scored 10 out of 10.
Traditional craftsmanship at its very best at a very affordable price tag.
A softer and warmer minimalistic design style.
The LC2 Sofa by Le Corbusier scored 1 out of 10.
Overpriced. Poor quality and outdated construction, very uncomfortable and small seating.
Exceptional Industrial modernist style earns this model its only merit point.
The Brooklyn from BlueSunTree scored 7 out of 10.
High-quality construction, price offers good value.
Classic Industrial Modernist design.
The Le Bauhaus from Retro Europe scores maximum points, 10 out of 10.
Exceptional quality construction at a very affordable price.
Industrial Modernism designer sofa with an elegant twist in the design.
What has happened to the LC2 by Le Corbusier?
The Le Corbusier LC2 is now officially the most overpriced, overrated sofa on the market, and you need a fair bit of gold bullion stashed away in a Swiss vault if you want to buy one of these uncomfortable sofas.
Super-rich owners who can stretch to one need to take a reality pill.
And though Retro Europe and BlueSunTree don’t shout too much about their sofas, they offer technologically advanced constructed sofas at real value for money with their affordable price tags.