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When the sofa is the star of the show

From sitcoms, chat shows and movies, much of our favourite screen drama happens on a sofa — but it usually just blends in with the rest of the furniture. But (cue 80s movie trailer voiceover), in a world of overpaid actors, what happens when the sofa refuses to take a back seat, and becomes the star of the show? When it’s more than just about getting bums on seats? Here’s a list of 10 times the sofa refuses to fade into the background.



1. The Sopranos – Meeting of minds sitdown

You don’t need to be a wise guy to know this Chesterfield sofa is a classic, so sink in and open up the room to deep conversation. Let’s just hope when you have visitors over for a ‘sit-down’ that the stakes aren’t as high as this attempt by the crime families to call a truce.

Why we love it: It’s a simple, iconic and classic sofa design. It looks comfortable enough to take the edge off a tense meeting, and will age better than Paulie’s one-liners.

Get the look: We can make you an offer you can’t refuse with Halo Chester sofa or Hugo sofa by Alexander & James, available in a range of sumptuous leathers.

2. Friends – Monica’s Couch

From eye-rolling at Joey, simple gossiping or hatching plans, Monica’s sofa was the Friends’ favourite hangout spot. Every group has their go-to space (well, not now, but soon) and Monica’s apartment hit the spot. Whether you’re single, in a relationship or on a break, this sofa would give you years of love.

Why we love it: It’s the perfect comfy, casual sofa to fall into. And because it’s neutral white, the room’s vibrant colour scheme leaps out. Then again, a white couch won’t be pet/Marcel-proof!

Get the look: If you share Monica’s eye for detail, then look to Neptune for inspiration. They have a modern take on classic furniture that works seamlessly together and is as dependable as a best friend. It’s no coincidence that Neptune’s best selling sofa is even called the Long Island, where Monica grew up with her best friend Rachel.

3. Mad Men -— Mid century modernist marvels

You don’t need a snappy Don Draper ad slogan to convince you of Mad Men’s glorious mid-century modernist interior design — when the sofa was always the star. Mad Men was always as famous for its style as its plot, and we’d just love to sink into one of those grand sofas with a freshly poured old-fashioned cocktail.

Why we love it: Those clean lines and timeless contemporary feel.

Get the look: Natuzzi are renowned for its sleek Italian design and have a range of retro and mid-century styles. Pasquale Natuzzi began his furniture design journey in 1959, and he still manages to capture that mid-century magic decades later.

4. New Girl – The loft

Who knows how Jess, Nick, Schmidt and Winston can afford loft apartment 4D in LA’s hipster arts district, but we’re all so busy ogling the cool space that we forget these little details. The show’s set designers really have captured the ultimate cool modern space.

Why we love it: That creative open-plan loft apartment feel, that’s never going out of fashion.

Get the look: For effortless cool, XOOON is your go-to spot for scaling loft-y heights. Stylish accessories by Coco Maison can complete the look.

5. Oprah’s Couch

One of the most iconic pop culture moments of our time starred a sofa — and let’s just say it was a springboard to Tom Cruise becoming even more (in)famous in 2005. As Tom bounced up and down on the couch declaring his love for Katie Holmes, furniture lovers like ourselves winced in horror at the potential damage.

Why we love it: Can’t say we love the look here but it really does look soft and bouncy‚ it could really give you a lift in the evenings.

Get the look: Unless you want your kids turning your living room into a bouncy castle party the next time they’re over, avoid this one!

6. Sex and the City – Carrie Bradshaw’s sofa

Carrie Bradshaw’s amazing walk-in wardrobe may have got the lion’s share of the jealousy points in Sex and the City, but her whole apartment, and especially her sofa, was its own cool NYC character — with a proper lived-in, relatable quality.

Why we love it: That understated luxury is just full-on classy.

Get the look: We can’t promise you a celeb circle gossip column, but a Collins and Hayes sofa can make you feel more like Carrie.

7. Somethings Gotta Give – Beach house luxury

Diane Keaton’s upmarket beach house in the Hamptons sets up all the best scenes in the classic 2003 romantic comedy. Whether it’s Jack Nicholson pontificating, or Keanu Reeves as Diane’s younger love interest lounging and having a read. We could spend forever on that sofa wondering if she made the right decision…

Why we love it: It’s an upscale classic — imagine drifting off with a paperback on your chest, listening to the waves through an open window.

Get the look: It has to be Neptune for some Upstate New York sophistication. Comfortable, classy and casual all in one. If only Keanu was included…

8. The Simpsons – Joke still not threadbare

If your sofa lasted as long as the famous ‘couch gags’ in the Simpsons’ intro, you’d be a happy customer. The Springfield family’s homely brown sofa is a no-nonsense, dependable family piece of furniture that’s function over form — but it always looks like the perfect spot for watching TV.

Why we love it: Comfortable enough to keep a crackpot family at bay while watching TV, and durable enough to survive Homer’s Duff beer stains.

Get the look: We’re not sure if Marge and Homer went for these luxury materials, but a sofa in brown is an instant classic.

9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Mid-century quirky glam

Was Holly Golightly the first New York shabby chic screen hipster? She checks a few boxes with her luggage storage bins, makeshift crate coffee table, and this delightfully bizarre sofa that’s cut from a clawfoot bathtub. In fairness, Ms Golightly could look impossibly elegant curling up in a Tesco trolley.

Why we love it: Just the what-the-hell impracticality and coolness.

Get the look: Call us old fashioned, but we do believe baths are for, well, baths. Unless you’re trying to score hipster points or you run an Audrey Hepburn Instagram tribute account, this one just isn’t practical.

10. Frasier – Martin Crane’s chair

Let’s face it — most of us have a piece of furniture that’s seen better days, and wouldn’t make a fiver in a car boot sale. But there’s something comforting about an old sofa or armchair that’s literally become part of the furniture. Up against his sons Frasier and Niles’ flamboyant refinement, Martin’s hideous green striped chair was the heart of many of the sitcom’s most iconic scenes.

Why we love it: A classic case of looks don’t matter, and the joy in familiarity.

Get the look: Seriously, let’s not go there…

That’s a wrap

From understated contemporary cool to timeless classic, we love taking inspiration from the screen — and we can help you match a look from your favourite shows. We might draw the line at a grotty green striped armchair, but we’ll do our best! Enjoy up to 50% off our sofa sale our sofa sale today and Let us know how we can help. we can introduce you to some of the star attractions in our sofa showroom.

And if you think we’ve missed any of your favourite sofa screen stars, let us know in the comments!

Until next time,
The 1933 team.

To L With That — How to pick the perfect corner sofa

How to pick the perfect corner sofa

An L-shaped sofa can set the whole tone of a room, and if you want to make the right investment, there’s no point cutting corners. You need to choose a sofa that’s comfortable, durable and defines your living space — and is a dream to sink into after a long day. If you’re shopping around or looking for inspiration, a corner sofa should be on your shortlist, ticking all the above boxes. But should a corner sofa be top of the list? Stretch out your legs and find out…

1) Grand stretch in the evening…

Ask any corner sofa convert for the number one benefit and they’ll tell you, as Frankie says… “relax”. L-shaped sofas can add a more social feel to a room — more than one person can stretch out, for reading or having a movie night, and the right angle means you have a more natural seating position for chatting to family and friends. And for a date night in, it’s perfect for snuggling up with that special someone, as lazing together really does feel like a time-out. Even if you’re by yourself, sinking into the corner and putting your feet up is the ultimate in relaxation after a long day. Who says “nobody puts Baby in the corner?”


xooon lima leatherlook corner sofa
Lima open-end corner sofa by Xooon

2) Sense of space

In practical terms, corner sofas don’t clutter a room as much as a regular sofa and armchairs, so you can open up a lot more space in the middle of the room, making it look bigger. But your L-shaped sofa won’t be limited to the corner — if you have an open-plan living space, it can really set a scene in the middle of the room, creating the illusion of distinctive areas. You’ll soon realise that no space is wasted with a sectional sofa.


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Maryrose Simpson’s home in Stradbally, Co Laois. Pictures: Joe McCallion

3) Get creative

If you’ve been sold on the first two points, you still have some dynamic possibilities ahead. Corner sofas come in a range of different styles to choose from, so consider which type would suit your room.

Sofa with chaise:  If your space is tight and your room just won’t fit a corner unit. A sofa with a chaise takes up a lot less space and still has the luxury of lying out… A great way to make movie night the ultimate in relaxation.

Typical size: 250 – 280 cm x 160


Saddler sofa with chaise

Open-end corner unit: If you have a little more space, an open-end corner unit might be the perfect solution. Sitting, lounging and watching TV from a lying position is all possible with an open-end corner unit. Typical size: 290 x 230


natuzzi b619 black leather open end corner unit
Natuzzi B619 open-end corner unit

Closed corner unit: A closed-corner sofa offers a very classic look with the added benefit of a second armrest so it can accommodate more people. If you really want to take advantage of that relaxational aspect, consider adding a recliner at each end, and the middle, just be sure to check your room can handle the extra size. Typical size: 290 x 290


natuzzi C176 closed arm corner unit
Natuzzi C176 Closed corner unit

Modular: If you’ve got any hidden interior design talents, here’s your chance to indulge your creative side. A modular corner sofa is perfect for an open-plan living area, as you can change the sofa’s size to suit the space. — you can create an NYC loft apartment feel in your living room with some well-positioned modular pieces and a flash of inspiration! 


alexander and james tod modular sofa
Tod Modular corner unit

4) The right fit

Before your final decision, make sure your dream sofa measures up — it has to be the right fit for your living space. Remember your room should comfortably take a corner unit, don’t be tempted to squeeze one in. If you’re sure it will fit the space, it’s time to get specific. Take some masking tape or newspaper and map out the size and shape of the furniture on the floor, and then take a photo. Walk around the room and see how the space will flow. You’ll get an idea of what will and won’t work — and you’ll avoid any disappointing surprises later on! If you have some extra space, why not add an occasional chair to the room? It can add a splash of colour contrast, and give you a chance for more ‘me-time’, away from the kids using you as a climbing frame.


Bailey corner sofa by Collins & Hayes

5) Colour & material

Once you’ve narrowed down the shape and size of your new corner sofa, you’ve got a few last important choices to make — what colour, and what cover? For material, your main choice is between leather or fabric, which we’ve covered in a previous post. Fabric sofas feel soft, warm and cosy, while protected leather is more hard-wearing and ages well, and is easy to wipe clean if you’ve got kids or pets to keep an eye on. 

Colour is your last chase to make a statement — whether that’s the colour of the sofa itself, or complementary cushions. Mix sizes and shapes of cushions so your sofa doesn’t look too formal, and think carefully about the colours — a well coordinated set of cushions can transform a room with a relatively small budget.  


xooon mansbo navy fabric chaise sofa
Mansbo sofa with chaise

What Do You Do Now?

I hope this blog post has given you a few ideas, and a decision might be around the corner. If you need more help, be sure to check out some of our FAQs below or give us a call and of course, we would love to see you in-store! We offer a vast selection of corner sofas and every other style of sofa from the world’s leading brands. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to helping you find the perfect sofa for your home.

Until next time!


Frequently asked questions

What are the main benefits of corner sofas?  One of the best things about corner units is that they allow you to maximize your living space. They also make a room super cosy and great for chats.

Does a corner sofa have to go in a corner?  Most corner sofas go against a wall and into a corner to maximize space. If you have an open-plan living space, corner sofas can be used as a visual room divider to create the illusion of distinctive areas.

Are corner sofas comfortable?  Comfort is so personal, but there is no doubt that lying down and putting your feet up is the ultimate in relaxation.

Is a corner sofa good for a small room?  Corner units require space, so it might be better to have a large sofa with a chaise in a smaller room

What is the difference between left and right-corner sofa? If you are facing a sofa with the arm on the right-hand side, this is a right-corner sofa and visa versa for a left-handed facing sofa. 

Will a corner sofa fit in my room? Corner sofas come in a variety of specifications and be customised to fit into your room. For example, modular are easily delivered into tight rooms and assembled in the space. Always speak with a furniture expert to help choose the right size sofa to fit your space.

Chris O’Hara Art Gallery At 1933

We thought we’d do something a little different for this blog post. As you know, a home is so much more than the furniture you put inside it. It’s about creating an atmosphere that not only represents your style but also how you want to feel in your home. Whether that’s, dark and moody, warm and cosy or minimalist and bright.

1933 Galley Space

We’ve floated the idea of having an art gallery in store at The 1933 Furniture Company for the past couple of years. As a part of a more holistic approach to helping our customers make their house a home. We’ve got an extensive range of furniture pieces large and small, soft furnishings and lighting. So adding artwork felt like the next natural, organic step. Enhancing the vibe of the store, and offering customers something a little different.

We knew a gallery is the only way to truly showcase art and the story behind each piece, as opposed to having artwork displayed around the store. We never found the kind of eye-catching artwork we were looking for until we saw Chris O’Hara and one of his pieces on Pippa O’Connor’s Instagram. We immediately fell in love with his work, and we think that many people who visit our store would feel the same. After reaching out, we met up with him and found him to be very warm, grounded and passionate. We knew it was a perfect fit!

Introducing Chris O’Hara

Chris O’Hara of Dublin is a former entrepreneur and has been working as a full time abstract artist since 2014. Boasting a clientele of well-known Irish personalities such as Pippa O’Connor, Vogue Williams and Lucy Kennedy. He’s even been commissioned by Royalty such as Zara Phillips, and Christy Moore. Admittedly, Christy Moore is not officially a Royal. But he’s the closest thing we’ve got to the King of Ireland!

Best known for his multi-layered, large scale, abstract, geometric and modern paintings in acrylic and mixed media. Chris is an intuitive and organic painter. His pieces are bright, colourful and full of energy. Many clients say his paintings simply make them smile. No two paintings are the same. So you get a unique interpretation of pattern, shape, texture, colour and line with each painting. Chris probably best sums up his style saying, “It’s a process of just letting go and having fun with the colours and the paint itself.”

Art For The Home

Whereas furniture in the home meets the function, artwork invokes the feeling. Adding some personality to a room, enhancing the mood, light and attitude. As well as bringing the whole design and look together. Small art pieces are the best choice for the small rooms that have less free space. However, large rooms can carry off larger abstract, colourful paintings, as well as bouncing light around a room.

From his time travelling the country meeting clients in their homes. Chris has noticed living spaces have become more minimalistic and clutter-free. Whether the colour palettes are bright and neutral, or dark and moody. Most people are looking for a large piece of art that adds a splash of colour to a room. Or to bring all the colours together to create a cohesive look in the space.

Chris O’Hara at The 1933 Furniture Co.

We have curated a unique selection of Chris O’Hara’s artwork in a variety of canvas sizes, available to view in-store in our dedicated gallery space. He’s also been working on a new collection for The 1933 Furniture Company, designed specifically with the home and interior trends in mind, which we hope to launch before the end of the year. For original and unique art, especially on such a large scale, Chris O’Hara’s work is very accessible. His pieces start from €650 and you can purchase directly from our gallery at The 1933 Furniture Company.

Bespoke Commission Artwork from Chris O’Hara

You can also contact Chris directly if you would like to commission a bespoke piece of artwork instead. He offers a free, no-obligation consultation and call out service to your home. And Chris looks after the delivery and hanging of the painting. See his website or social media for more details.

We really hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired and a little more confident about purchasing art for your home. We’re sure you’ll love Chris O’Hara art as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back into our store and showcasing his new collection for The 1933 Furniture Company as soon as restrictions allow. In the meantime, we are still available to contact via phone or email.

Stay safe and well,

The 1933 Team!

Introducing Xooon at The 1933 Furniture Co.

This is the news we’ve been dying to tell you about! We’re so excited to introduce our newest brand and exciting new launch, exclusive to The 1933 Furniture Company from Dutch designers, Xooon.

New to The 1933 Furniture Company

Over recent months we’ve transformed our clearance area to accommodate the distinctive and unique collection of contemporary furniture from Xooon. As well as Coco Maison – their gorgeous accessories and soft furnishings range. Founded over 7 years ago in Holland, Xooon have over 154 stores across Europe and we’re delighted that The 1933 Furniture Company are now exclusive Irish stockists.

Why Xooon?

We wanted to introduce a more contemporary, quality and affordable range of furniture to the Irish market, and fill a gap that we felt was missing. We fell in love with Xooon because of their eclectic, distinctive style and attention to detail, without compromising on quality or price.

Following the latest international trends, colours and materials, Xooon allows you to customise and shape the character of your home, to create your own interior style that reflects your personality and taste.

Wheels of Style

Their furniture is designed around three ‘wheels of style’ (Scandinavian, Minimalist & Industrial), all of which can be mixed and matched to create the perfect look to suit your lifestyle and home. We’ve designed our Xooon area of our store to look like real life home settings. The Scandinavian style is light and natural, subtle and elegant; check out our Faneur and Maddox ranges.

The Minimalist style is all about calm and space, clean yet colourful; check out our Darwin, Glasgow and Moniz ranges.

And finally, the Industrial style is the perfect balance of tough and soft, where industrial meets functional; check out our Denmark and Colombo ranges.

How to Shop

Across all of these ranges are chairs, sofas, tables, storage, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories. Literally everything you need from floor to ceiling! Original, contemporary furniture made to a high quality, at great prices. You can shop by room, style or product.

One of our favourite things about Xooon and Coco Masion, is you can totally customise the ranges, styles and products to suit you. Because everything has been so thoughtfully designed from the in-house design team in Holland. Mixing and matching has never been easier – there’s literally no wrong way to do it!

You can check out the newest range to The 1933 Furniture Company by clicking here but we would love to see you in store to see this incredible space for yourself. It’s more than just furniture; it’s a way of living. One that we can’t wait to show you, and we just know you’re gonna love!

Thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned for more Xooon goodness over the next few weeks.

The 1933 Team!