When we moved from our old apartment
into the Bright.Bazaar cottage we needed to downsize a lot of our furniture because the dimensions of the cottage are t-i-n-y! I was keen to create a cosy and colourful country feel to reflect the 17th Century cottage surroundings, which made the classic shape of Loaf’s Jonesy sofa
ideal for the space. It’s always of interest for me to know the providence of the pieces that fill my home, so I asked the folks at Loaf
if I could take a trip to see my sofa being made in person. To my delight, they said Yes – so I jumped on a train heading North to Long Eaton where their makers are based.
The gif below takes you through some of the key stages of the upholstery process for my Jonesy sofa that I saw happen live (so.much.fun!) while at the factory in Long Eaton. Not only did I find the speed at which the makers worked on the upholstery completely captivating, but I also felt full of excitement to see such a central part of the make up of my home coming ‘to life’ in front of my eyes.
After all, think of all the experiences and conversations you have on your sofa. When I considered everything my heartmate and I discussed while sat on our old sofa – from planning a wedding to making plans when we realised we had to move out with very little notice – I realised that the sofa is a central part of a home through good times and bad. A sofa is personal, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to bond with my sofa in this way as it was made. That might sound odd, but think about it: when you change a key piece of furniture with which you interact with everyday – a bed, a sofa etc. – it takes time, at least for me, to adapt to it as part of my daily life. So it was reassuring to have been a part of the process that saw my cherished couch come to life!
Aside from the tactility and hue offered by the Cloud Blue vintage linen that I chose from 90 potential fabrics for the upholstery, it’s the Jonesy’s detailing that really ticked the boxes for me to get this sofa. I especially liked the weathered oak legs – I think there’s something homely and cosy about them thanks to both their form and material. What do you think of the new addition to my home?
* // Photography by Will Taylor