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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 09, 2008
Confessions Of A Furniture Shopper
Posted at 03:22 PM


BEST DOCUMENTARY SO FAR THIS YEAR: Confessions of a Superhero. Very, very well done. Made me squirm like no other. Gigantically recommended.

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Going to see Mark Kozelek at the Aladdin in April. Taking Leigh. Chill night.

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Having a motherfucker of a time tracking down a new couch. Here’s what I am thinking: Something clean, but, not too clean so it’s this stiff, “modern” (dumb) slab. But nothing that looks like it should be covered in plastic in a dysfunctional relative’s unused living room. No. No. No.

I’m looking for something comfy as hell. So you fall into it and chill the hell out. Leather again, maybe? But no leather with Conan the Barbarian finishing details: Studs and shit, nope.

A sectional? Something big and mean with enough space to sit four people shooting the shit, or, two people completely sprawled out. Anyone got a recommendation for Portland shopping?

And no, nothing from fuckin’ Design Within Reach. Uncomfortable hunks of ever-priced hype. No thanks. That shit looks nice and all, until you sit on the goddamned thing. Help.

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I’d go to Lazboy by Portland Meadows. Comfy. Lots to choose from and they can be covered in any material you like if you don’t just pick out one of the floor samples. I got both my couches from them- one custom ordered and one that was on the floor for cheap.

Posted by: Kurt Halsey on 02/09/08 at 11:53 AM

Ann and I checked out a few leather sofas at Crate and Barrel that I would totally recommend. Super comfy and no studs or unwanted styling, just durable leather that grips your ass nicely. Good Luck.

Posted by: styk on 02/09/08 at 12:39 PM

We’re in the same boat, but because this is Northern Michigan there’s nothing but overly stuffed, reclining, brown monstrosities. Speaking from an insider view of the furniture industry, all of the major names like La-Z-Boy, Broyhill, Berkline and England have nice, quality contemporary lines, but around these parts you have to ask to see their catalogs (or the web) because most showrooms don’t stock very many items. No accounting for taste I guess.

Posted by: Amber on 02/09/08 at 2:53 PM

nice find on the doc. i just put a hold on it at the library.



or these.

Posted by: jason on 02/09/08 at 7:29 PM

Try Room and Board. Great stuff… a little pricey but nothing compared to DWR.


Great stuff there and really good (midwestern) customer service. Last time I checked you can get a whole semi worth of stuff delivered and placed in your house for under $200.

Posted by: Brad on 02/09/08 at 7:39 PM

Checkout this brand. http://us.natuzzi.com/default.cfm

We love our couch and chair.
Cool but also very comfy.

Posted by: Jerms on 02/12/08 at 9:55 PM

Depends on what room you want it for. Leather works well in the living room…but other materials are better for TV or family room.

Got my 2004 Platinum red sectional in the TV room. Bit more billowy.
I can see you digging that one if you are more into the casual. I got a fold out bed in that for guests in my pre house days.

Gotta disagree on Design Within Reach…I got a leather sectional thats comfy as hell (front living room). I’ve fallen asleep on that thing reading plenty. I did get some firm wooden Globus chairs from DWR as well that are great for my back.
Oh…Design Within Reach has the a lot of Herman Miller and Eames stuff…so Michigan represent!

The way you talk about DWR is how I feel about anything from IKEA that requires you to sit or lay on. Tables ok, rest is hard wood at 90 degree angles.

Posted by: Andrew M. on 02/17/08 at 3:18 AM
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