Koskela’s most popular product, the Quadrant Soft sofa, was designed by Koskela co-founder Russel Koskela in 2008.
An interior designer by training, Russel wanted to design a unique sofa that was flexible, cosy, and could be specified in the home or office. A tricky brief to nail.
For a sofa to be truly flexible it needs to be lightweight and modular. Russel was inspired to use high density foam, which removes the need for a timber or steel frame. Another advantage of using foam is it weighs next to nothing. Most adults can lift a Quadrant Soft single effortlessly, and kids can push them around with ease.
“That feel, that cosiness, that’s what I love about the Quadrant Soft,” says Russel. “You can put your feet on it, you can throw it around, you can drag it by the handles on the side, it can join together.”
The sofa's building blocks include single, double, corner and an ottoman. With these components you can create an infinite number of configurations, which is especially handy in a rumpus room at home, or breakout zone in the office.
“Companies realise their workplaces need to be more dynamic. I often get called into meetings with directors who say, ‘We can’t ask our staff to think creatively in just a normal space with a workstation and a computer.’ So we design furniture where they can actually do their work in different locations. The Quadrant Soft came from that really. It was more about softening up spaces.”
Soft yes, and stylish too; the Quadrant Soft can be upholstered in almost any fabric including leather. And because it’s modular, the individual components can be upholstered in different fabrics, so the mixing and matching potential is huge. “Most clients choose a Quadrant Soft single in an accent colour and it’s such an great way to liven up a space,” says Rochelle, Koskela’s interiors consultant.
Finishing details include cross-stitches in leather – a playful touch from Russel – as well as leather handles with an embossed Koskela logo. A black industrial zip is another bold feature that distinguishes this bestselling sofa.
After 11 years, the Quadrant Soft is more popular than ever. Most likely because there is an increasing demand for flexible furniture that can easily integrate with our open-plan homes and workplaces. And who can resist its playful character! “I know if I had a big rumpus room that I would throw all these in there and the kids could just rumble, and because I’m a big kid at heart I would be rumbling with them,” says Russel.
The Quadrant Soft starts from $1,650 for a single. Shop here.