3 Designers Reinvent the Daybed

While much of the furniture world is busy with next-gen technology (hello, 3-D printing), many of its biggest talents, from Japanese studio Nendo to Piet Boon, are looking back for inspiration—way back, to a time when ancient Romans ate dinner in repose.

Photographs courtesy of respective designers.

While much of the furniture world is busy with next-gen technology (hello, 3-D printing), many of its biggest talents, from Japanese studio Nendo to Piet Boon, are looking back for inspiration—way back, to a time when ancient Romans ate dinner in repose. The daybed—a long, backless upholstered seat—is the latest obsession among designers eager to reinterpret a classic with clean, graphic lines and novel upholstery choices.

  1. Reversed seams add an element of tailoring to this lounger by Christophe Delcourt, which comes in more than 20 colors of faded leather or boiled wool and has a wooden frame hidden inside to keep it from losing its shape.

    Starting at $17,505; avenue-road.com

  2. Named for its mash-up of cultural influences, the modular Fusion by Tokyo studio Nendo for Danish brand BoConcept pairs a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic with an origami-inspired stitching pattern.

    Starting at $2,795; boconcept.com

    1. Christian Werner calls his new Prado settee for Ligne Roset nomadic because its weighted, nonslip cushions are designed to be placed anywhere, bucking traditional ergonomics in favor of a free-form approach to chilling out.

      Starting at $4,710; ligne-roset-usa.com

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