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Small-space furniture for shoppers with bigger budgets

December 1, 2011 |  8:01 am

TheodoreLocation_HRSpace-saving furniture has been a trend for years, but most offerings have been aimed at budget-minded apartment dwellers and loft lovers. North Carolina designer Linda Lane's novel new series of sleeper sofas for Jessica Charles, however, was created with a different niche in mind.

"I have a keen interest in products that not only look good but serve a dual purpose," Lane said. "In addition to the silhouette, I was also thinking of the multipurpose needs of people who are downsizing -- a growth category I firmly believe will take hold in the ensuing years.”

The Theodore settee, pictured above, and the Theodore sofa, shown below, premiered last month at the High Point fall market in North Carolina. (A Theodore sectional is pictured at the bottom of the post.) Inspired by the clean, midcentury designs of Edward Wormley, the pieces are slightly smaller than traditional sofas and come in six stain-resistant fabrics from Crypton Home. The fabrics are not only soft but also "amazing" when it comes to cleaning, Lane said. "A magic marker or crayon can be removed easily with simple directions.”

2703_Theodore_SL_HRThe settee, a twin sleeper, is 57.5 inches wide and costs $3,720. The sofa, which has a queen pullout mattress, is 81.75 inches wide and costs $4,575. The three-piece L-sectional is 89 inches wide, comes with a twin mattress and costs $8,670.

The Jessica Charles pieces are available at Baker Furniture in Los Angeles, (310) 289-0074; Von Hermert Interiors in Torrance, (310) 373-0442; Hawkes & Smythe in Long Beach, (562) 342-9782; and PTS Home & Office Furniture in Thousand Oaks, (805) 496-4804.


-- Lisa Boone


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Photo credits, from top: Grey Crawford, Jim Cook, Milt Hawes