Box Sofa by Autoban/De La Espada

Stephen Coles

Designers Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çaǧlar of Autoban didn’t hide from their creation’s stark shape when they named it the Box Sofa. Nor did they run from their mid-century influences, opting for narrow tapered legs, button tufted cushions, and expansive tracts of wood. It’s available in oak or walnut.

This thing is just so striking I decided it should give birth to a new Mid-Century Modernist feature: “Lust Objects.” Don’t read too much into it — the number is simply whatever looked best in FF Oxide — but anything that tops my list of covetable items, or those gifts which you should get me for the holidays, will now get this label.

The Box also comes in compact (72″) and armchair sizes.

The big question on everyone’s mind when seeing something this square, with a back this low, and padding this spare: can I sit on it for more than a few minutes? Well, the marketing copy calls the Box a “comfortable corner for you to rest”, so until someone sends me one, we’ll just have to take their word for it.

This immediately brings to mind another wood-sided wonder, and one that appears just a tad cozier. The Goetz is still the sofa most likely to win my dollars should I ever arrive and it will certainly be the subject of a future installment of Lust Object.

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  1. 12.12.08 Janne

    It is stunning! Makes me think of Robin Day’s Club sofa and also Forum (for Habitat).

  2. 12.12.08 jlt

    you are welcome

  3. 12.12.08 Stewf

    thank you

  4. 12.14.08 — miniprefab

    Thanks for digging up all this MCM info! It saves the rest of us a lot of time.

  5. 05.19.09 Lædersofa

    wow this i some cool design, i think it look like its going to crash if you sit in it – but hey thats a part of the design

  6. 02.04.11 — Wendy

    I believe the real question would be: “How could you go a few minutes with out sitting on it?” This piece is marvelous, thank you for sharing it.

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