Introducing The Lounge Co.

You know I get emotional about sofas don't you? Well, when The Lounge Co. got in touch to introduce themselves, I did a little happy seat shuffle, because, well, they're so beautiful, and I'm always thinking about our next sofa purchase.

The sofa in our living room is nearly nine years old, and it's definitely seen better days as it's been subjected to lots of wear and tear at the hands of our kids. And when I say lots, I mean LOTS.

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Image: The Lounge Co.

I'd say that after your bed, the sofa is the most hardworking and important piece of furniture you'll buy, so it's vital that it's right for your style, and the way you live.

Since we bought our living room sofa, our family has grown by one member, but as he's only just about to turn five, he still goes to bed pretty early, and isn't yet in the evening-get-the-best-spot-on-the-sofa-competition. But even as it is, only two of us tend to sit on our three seater at a time, as we all like to spread out, and zone out. The third person takes the big armchair, but once Baxter is older and staying up a bit later, we'll need to reconsider our current set up, and we'll either need a much bigger sofa, or perhaps have two, three seaters. Oh, the (exciting!) floorplan dramas that will create!

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Image: The Lounge Co.

The Lounge Co. has recently launched twenty-one galleries across the UK, within existing independent furniture stores. Because, you know, a sofa is an investment and you really need to test drive it first.

When we bought a new sofa a few months ago for a different room (which you'll hear about really soon), I did extensive research online as it needed to have very specific dimensions to fit the space. Then once I'd found the right one, I headed off on a pilgrimage to check it out in person.

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The Lounge Co.

I wouldn't dream of buying a sofa that I couldn't sit on first, so it's great that The Lounge Co. offer the best of both worlds.

You can 'build' your own sofa online, which is a feature I love, and my suggestion is to do just that, before heading off to a gallery. Choose your size, design, and then fabric. There are even three finishes to choose from for the legs - Walnut, Vintage Oak, and Washed Oak.

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Image: The Lounge Co.

Here are my favourite combinations...

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With a huge array of fabric and colour options to choose from, the twenty-four piece collection, (which includes armchairs and footstools), is not only designed and made in the UK, but it's made by the people behind G-plan and Parker Knoll.

I'd say that makes them experts, wouldn't you?

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Image: The Lounge Co.

This post is in collaboration with The Lounge Co.

Fab Five - Pink Sofas

After my post about Colour Drenching last week, I've become even more obsessed with monochrome rooms, and I keep seeing beautiful pink sofas and chairs that would just look so amazing against pale pink walls. You know, like the pale pink walls in my living room.

I basically want my living room to look like The Gallery at Sketch if I'm really honest. Who wouldn't? And I've decided that I need to take more risks with my future purchases, because life's short - buy the pink sofa!

I've rounded up my favourites here, as a reminder to myself for when we're in the market to replace our 'lived in' grey sofa, which I'm pretty over, but as we've just bought a (rather more sensible!) sofa for another room, we are most definitely not in the market right now.

But you might be in the market, and as always, a girl's gotta dream, right?

Fab Five Pink Sofas - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Mr Jones - Open Plan Living
2. Vintage Rose Berkley Chair (comes as a sofa too) - Sweetpea & Willow
3. Charlotte Chesterfield - Love Your Home
4. Rockstar - Loaf
5. Toward by Erik Jorgensen - Nest

The Science of Comfort

My 'office chair' used to be a Panton. Yes, I know, style over function, which became obvious very quickly. So I swapped it for an Eames DSR Eiffel chair (which we already had as we use them at the kitchen table), which is marginally better, but certainly not brilliant. Sure it looks great, but is it comfortable to sit on for hours on end at the computer? Er, no. Alas, it's what I am sitting on as I type these very words. Neither my back or behind appreciate it.

Last week I was invited to check out the Ekornes Stressless range of sofas, recliners and office chairs, and having made a beeline for the office chairs for obvious reasons, swiftly followed by the über comfortable recliners, it's fair to say I have now become a little obsessed.

Okay, a lot. And to be totally honest, much more than I thought I would be.

Not only have I been day-dreaming about which style and leather colour I would choose for my chair in the studio, but I've also been day-dreaming about which recliner in which colour I'd have in the living room. I've narrowed it down to blue, white or black for the studio, in the Metro or London design (London being new for 2016), and the Metro or City recliner and footstool in Clementine or Black for the living room. There would be lots of arguing about who gets to sit in it, so I think there would have to be some kind of timetable or reward system in place.
Black Metro Recliner with footstool and Orange City Recliner with Footstool - French For Pineapple Blog
Metro Recliner and Footstool in Black and City Recliner and Footstool in Clementine
Images: Ekornes

Sitting in a Stressless office chair was a revelation. A 'Oh, so THIS is what a comfortable chair feels like' moment. There is obviously no comparison between my 'office chair' and a Stressless office chair, and these aren't just any old office chairs, they're reclining office chairs. Fancy a little snooze at your desk to re-charge those creative juices? Not a problem.

The technology in these chairs is seriously impressive, and all the Stressless chairs have a read or sleep position for the headrest when in the recline position.

Most of the recliners are available in three sizes (a bit Goldilocks and The Three Bears really), with a size and style to suit pretty much everyone. I'm a medium by the way, just like Mummy Bear.
Blue London Recliner and Footstool, Cream City Recliner and Footstool, Blue Metro Recliner and Footstool - French For PIneapple Blog
Stressless Recliners - London, City and Metro Designs // Image: Bianca Hall

An obsession with the science of comfort and movement, coupled with innovative technology, makes Ekornes Stressless a force to be reckoned with when it comes to seating. They've been around since 1934, so I think they know a thing or two about what works and what doesn't, and I imagine they're rather horrified at my current office chair situation.

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Stressless Office Chairs - Metro, London and City Designs // Image: Bianca Hall

The fact that the Stressless range embodies Scandi Mid-Century charm is no coincidence - the Norwegian company launched the first Stressless brand and first chair in 1971, with many of the new designs taking inspiration from the original, which can't be a bad thing.

Since I can't have one in real life, at least not yet, I thought I'd share a fantasy, dream studio moodboard with you. My studio is the most neglected room in the house (well, perhaps apart from the main bathroom), and it's next on the list for a much needed overhaul. Sadly it probably won't look quite as glam as this moodboard, but it's good to have goals, you know?

Dream Studio Moodboard - French For Pineapple Blog

Clockwise from top left:

Dix Blue Estate Emulsion - Farrow & Ball
'Metro' Office Chair in Black - Ekornes Stressless
Alex Drawer Unit - Ikea
Date Palm - Indoor Plants
Sonnet Desk - Safavieh
PS Cabinet - Ikea
Black Venice Pom Pom Basket - Edit 58
Vintage Beni Ouarain Rug - Moroc Tribal
Ranarp Lamp - Ikea

Remember that High, Low, Old and New is a great mantra for putting a room together, as demonstrated above. I love this moodboard, if I do say so myself.

But back to Ekornes, and let's not forget the Stressless sofas, which are every bit as comfortable as the chairs. The E300 is my favourite with it's soft curves and simple lines, and again available in a vast range of colours. I quite fancy the white (sometimes I even surprise myself). And yes, the sofas recline too.
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E300 Sofa // Image: Ekornes

Next year will see the launch of a Stressless recliner and sofa with integrated footstools due to popular demand, and I expect that with the launch of the sleek, contemporary London and Paris designs, that you'll be seeing a lot more of Ekornes Stressless in the interior magazines and on your screens.

Ekornes Stressless Leather Colours - French For Pineapple Blog
A Selection of Stressless Leather Colours // Image: Bianca Hall

Oh, and if you're one of the lucky few that happen to have a home cinema, look no further. There's only one problem - you might not get up again.

Check out the Ekornes website for more information and to find your closest retailer, and see how comfortable the Stressless range is for yourself.

Posted in collaboration with Ekornes. Words and opinions by me, as always.