In 2011, I did a ton of research and identified 28 places to buy an affordable midcentury modern style sofa. Now, I’m following up with mega-research on midcentury modern style sectionals — and so far
I’ve we’ve found 25 29. Sectionals are very popular today, because we all spend a lot of time lounging around the TV. And good news if you want this style — there is precedent in midcentury America.
For this research exercise:
- Key criteria: Upholstered backs — I do not want to see pillows that are separate. “Tailored” is important, as is overall scale and lines that do not make the sectionals look like they are on steroids.
- Some of these are more “modern” or post-modern than “mid century modern”. I gave some latitude.
- The list is re-ordered to roughly correspond to the order I like the sectionals. But I recognize: Different strokes for different folks.
- Please note that many of manufacturers listed make more than one design. To maintain my sanity, I show only about two per manufacturer. If you are shopping, you must dive into their websites to see them all. With this list, at least, you have a starting place — I’ve linked the retailers’ Sectional Pages, rather than individual sectionals.
Room and Board: Room and Board delivered the best-looking sectional, in my opinion: The Reese. A curve in the middle — YES! Yes, this is the most authentic midcentury look, I think. My vintage sectional, purchased at an estate sale a few years ago: Curved, just like the Reese. And, the Reese comes in a variety of non-greige colors like Spice and Teal.
You can also order the Reese without the curve.
Thrive Home Furnishings: Info coming in – four good looking sectionals at Thrive, and Made in the USA. Link: Midcentury modern style sectionals at Thrive.
True Modern: True Modern’s Dane line seems to offer a good variety of modular pieces that you can put together to create a custom sectional. (Not just big sectionals like this). I am not sure if the cushion backs are affixed or not; but, they do have a nice tailored look, which is part of my criteria on this search. True Modern also gets near the top because they 22 colors — including some “real” colors.
Link: True Modern sectionals.
Stressless: These Stressless Paradise sectionals (above and below) are expensive — like, starting at $10,88 — but they are oh so 70s 80s retro, I luv them. They are made in Norway — authentic “Scandinavian Modern.”
Stressless’ Kelsey sectional, above, also makes my list — for the funk factor and because I love this photo with the great big plum color block. Brillian! LUV!
Link: The Stressless brand is sold at a variety of retailers across the U.S. These photos of Stressless sectionals are from Dania.
Plummers: Over at Plummers, which seems to be a sister company to Dania, I also found the Francesca sectional, above. It has modern lines… “Euro” maybe even. Heck if I know where to draw the lines between midcentury modern and plain old today’s modern — so much of today’s modern is so derivative of midcentury modern…If anyone can illuminate on this issue, please do.
Link: Sectionals at Plummers.
Above: Younger Furniture also has introduced a new line, Avenue 62, which has this lovely in it.
Okay and I’m breaking my “only two” from each manufacturer rule. You can even do big plush 1980s, with the the Maria (above). I bet you can buy ottomen, put them in the center — and turn this into a Love Pit even!
Rowe: Rowe had a few sectionals with well-scaled midcentury lines. Martin sectional — above.
Link: Sectionals from Rowe.
Lee Industries: The only thing I found at Lee Industries, was a page showing various pieces of their 1972-Series sectional. Looks like you can make a big, curved 1970s or 80s style sectional, or even a love pit, with these.
Link: Sectionals from Lee Industries.
On their site, they also seem to indicate they can make a “wedge” — that is, make a curved sectional.
Link: Sectionals from West Elm.
Link: EQ3 sectionals.
Ikea: I imagine that it would be hard to beat the prices at Ikea. In this mega-survey of sectionals, I am not being Consumer Reports and testing. Dollar for dollar, who provides the best value? I can’t say… Above: Ikea Karlstad in leather, around $1500.
Link: Mod sectionals from CB2.
Lazar Industries: Lazar Industries gets a prize for da funky postmodern sectionals, like the Calcutta, above. There are also a few more “sedate” midcentury modern-esque versions to see — like the Rupert; but I could not get the image to load properly so that I could feature it here.
Other companies that I looked at, but did not have sectionals that made my list included: (only cushion backs… or cushion backs to poufy… too boxy… whatever) at Design Within Reach; Mitchell Gold; Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Pottery Barn; Ethan Allen; Urban Outfitters; Blu Dot; Vanguard. Reasons they did not make my cut included: Only cushion backs… or cushion backs too poufy… too boxy design overall… no sectionals in lineup… website was too difficult to navigate.
Readers, as always, I welcome any additional tips.
Do you know of additional companies that
make midcentury modern or postmodern retro style sectionals?
And of course: You can always cast your fate with the Retro Decorating Gods and shop for vintage: 136 photos of reader sofas and sectionals here.