When the Bjorg collective (as in, "We are the..." - never mind) arrived in a somewhat flat and un-sofa shaped box, I was a bit confused. "Where is the rest of it?" As I unboxed the sofa, I understood why the box was shaped like it was: the sofa shipped in its "bed" configuration, with the back laid flat. As I pulled everything out of the box, I again asked, "Where is the rest of it?" As in legs and hardware for assembly. Flipping it over, I found a zippered pocket with the legs, hardware and instructions inside. Clever! Assembly was easy and the Bjorg looks perfect - well, almost. I ordered the dark gray model and the fabric is very nice and seems durable enough (my cats love it as well so we shall see). The cushions are wrapped very tightly and are, themselves, quite firm. The seating depth, when the back is in its upright position is a bit shallow and the seat, at 18" is (I do not think I have ever said this, being quite tall) almost too high. My 5'-zero wife's feet dangle. After some experimentation, I found that tilting the seat back one notch (I believe there are four positions and the mechanism works very nicely) and resting my feet on an ottoman improves the comfort level to appoint where I now spend a little too much time in my media room!
So now we get to the point of "Warrants Five Stars, Except...";. The arms are a very solid and attractive "walnut" finish plywood (quotation marks because I could not tell you if the species was indeed walnut). Nice. The only thing is, the exposed plywood edges, if we are following design canon, are not supposed to be stained (or at least minimally so, with a clear coat). The pictures online reflect this and, based on images, one would expect the same thing, like a Scando coffee table. Apparently, the person in charge of staining in the factory in China (not being derogatory - this is indeed where the sofa was manufactured) thought the edges were lacking in some way and applied A LOT of stain to the edges. Enough so that they are kind of orange - I'll try to post some pics later. So, one star deducted from an otherwise exemplary solution to modern seating.
- Very well put together; cushion mechanism for laying tilting back cushion or laying flat seems solid; nice fabric; firm cushions, good value
- Overzealous person in charge staining the arms was overzealous in staining the arms.
- Great looking sofa
- Price point is great