By Trish Holder
Where did you put all of your overnight guests for the holiday?
Most of us would like to comfortably accommodate overnight guests without building and furnishing an unnecessarily large home or having to carpet random floor space with air mattresses. That’s why I’m always drawn to fashionable seating that doubles as bedding like this Birger sofa from the Kim Salmela Atelier collection, which I encountered at the fall High Point Furniture Market. Like all of Kim Salmela’s upholstered pieces, it is made in Las Angeles, California. It’s stylish, practical, and it is our American Made Pick-of-the-Week.
Better than a Sleeper Sofa
I loved the easy, breeziness of this sofa, which can be converted into a bed as quickly as you can drape a quilt over it. No dismantling or rearranging of rooms necessary. And your guest has a cozy, welcoming spot to curl up on when it’s lights out. The one-piece seat cushion is slip covered, so the cover can be quickly removed and tossed in the wash. I suspect this handy design also lengthens the life of the piece. If the fabric is destroyed, the cushion can be inexpensively recovered. (Not so much with a regular sofa or even sleeper sofa, eh? That’s a nice perk if you have cats, dogs, or kids.)
Modern and Traditional Design Inspiration
The trendy design is a bonus for a practical gal like me, but I admit I was drawn to the interesting (occasionally quirky) lines and fun fabrics I saw in the Kim Salmela line. 100% Finnish, designer Kim Salmela gets her design inspiration from all over the world. She favors the colors and patterns of India and Asia for fabrics, but also likes to incorporate classic European and even Art Deco design into her pieces, which include everything from upholstered headboards to pouffs.
“To me modern and traditional look best when they are side by side. Too much of one look is boring, but a modern chair next to a carved gold leaf table is interesting,” said Kim.
The Birger sofa is but one example of Kim’s flair for the eclectic – albeit my personal favorite. The rest of her line can be seen at www.kimsalmela.com.