A sofa, at its most primitive, is nothing but a pile of pillows. And if you replace the pillows with cushions that look like sandbags? You might get something like the Brick sofa — which evokes a a makeshift flood wall, a soldier's foxhole, or a survivalist bunker. It's the latest work from KiBiSi, the Danish product-design powerhouse co-helmed by the architect Bjarke Ingels, a 2010 Master of Design.
The Brick series consists of cushions stacked atop each other, and includes a pouf, a chair, and a pair of couches. Even though it looks sturdy enough to withstand the coming apocalypse, it's built to be a mass of cozy, cushy softness. As Ingels says in press materials: "What is a sofa but a pile of pillows for maximum comfort?"
The story behind the line is that Ingels couldn't find a decent "architect's sofa" for his apartment, so he and his partners at KiBiSi —Jens Martin Skibsted and Lars Holme Larsen — set out to make their own. To that end, Brick is designed with an eye toward the built environment. Per the press release: "The point of departure was a classic brick bond forming the cushion pattern. The cushions are tied together and fixed with a tailor quality button. The button, also designed by KiBiSi, is molded of fiber concrete " Yet another architectural reference.?
[Images courtesy of KiBiSi; image of sandbags by Chuck Simmins]