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One-armed sofas make the scene at Trousdale,
the new club on the Sunset Strip

March 31, 2010 |  6:59 am

Trousdale in West Hollywood is the of-the-moment nightclub for celebrity sightings, but it also may be the launch pad for a design trend: the one-armed sofa "room."

Trousdale_Sunk 1 Inside the 4,500-square-foot nightclub (formerly Blowfish Sushi), designer John Sofio used a series of one-armed, Ultrasuede couches around tables to create VIP-like areas without the walls.

"By leaving one arm off, it creates an open-door feeling on one side, then it's closed on the other end," Sofio said. "It ends up making the areas feel like their own little rooms."

(Of course, Trousdale has a true VIP area for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie or Lady Gaga, with a faux fireplace, Ed Ruscha artwork and traditional two-armed sofas.)

Sofio custom-built all of the club's seating, but a new spate of commercially available asymmetrical couches is hitting stores.

At the very top of the price scale is New York architect Eran Chen’s one-armed Sunk sofa collection for Moroso, pictured at right. It sells for $2,485 to $7,152 through GGM Italy in West Hollywood. At the other end is Urban Outfitter’s Stash Sofa, an asymmetric wood-and-cushioned piece with built-in storage, now on sale for $199. We’ve got more pictures on the jump.

Trousdale, 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 274-7500

-- Alexandria Abramian Mott

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Above, a variation of Moroso's Sunk sofa.






Above, Urban Outfitters' mod take on the one-armed sofa, called Stash. It's currently on sale for $199 online.


Above, the Iron Frame Sofa, a 1950s design reissued by William Haines Designs, comes with the arm on either end. For pricing, contact a showroom.

Photo credits from top: Trousdale, Jules Seltzer, Jules Seltzer, Urban Outfitters, William Haines Designs.

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