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Carbon Fiber & Lava: The Peugeot Onyx Sofa

Carbon Fiber & Lava: The Peugeot Onyx Sofa Posted on April 24, 2014Leave a comment

What happens when car manufacturers switch lanes and head in an unexpected direction? A car crash, or perhaps one of the most beautiful and unexpected stunts? When Bang & Olufson created their Beolab 15 & 16, they borrowed techniques used in cars to create a speaker that’s compact and stable, but with incredible sound and power. It’s with that same ingenuity that Peugeot created this sofa from carbon fiber and lava. 

The $186K sofa is the first project of their new ‘Made to Measure’ line, which gives me the idea that we can expect to see small projects appear on the web once in a while whenever a rich entrepreneur is bored with his current interior. And why not? The beauty of using carbon fiber and lava is that it’s resistant to extreme cold and chemicals, it’s durable and the best of all: there is no couch alike.

The sofa was designed by Pierre Gimbergue, the senior designer at the Peugeot design lab, and took 70 days to make. Especially if you realize that the rock part was cut out of an 11.000 year old rock formation of lava from the Volvic vulcano, 70 days is incredibly fast. Watch the project down below, enjoy the craftsmanship and be amazed at what can happen when a company step outside their field to think outside the box.

Finding the perfect chair, sofa, loveseat or table for your home can be quite a task. Whether you have lived in your home for years, or you have just moved in, buying new furniture can take forever. However, when you arm yourself with the following tips, the job can be a lot easier.

If you are looking for new furniture and you don’t have a lot of money, consider picking up some at your local thrift store. There are usually a few different sets available, and you may find one that is in fairly good condition. You can have a set that is new to you without spending a ton of money.

If you have small children, you should avoid purchasing furniture with sharp edges. Little ones tend to trip and fall often which can result in a trip to the emergency room if your furniture has sharp edges. Instead, when shopping for sofa tables and end tables look for furniture with routered curved edges.


Choose a sofa that has longevity and comfort. Springs will support cushions the best. Good quality springs are eight-way which are hand-tied, and also serpentine springs that are well constructed. Test out the springs by using your hands to feel them. Springs should be close together and firm.

If you need a new sofa, try finding one with some fully covered cushions. These cushions last longer and can be flipped regularly. Ideally, you should buy a sofa with removable covers so you can easily wash them. Removable covers can also be replaced very easily in case you cannot clean a stain.

The more you know about shopping for furniture, the better. By learning more about what to look for, you can avoid many of the headaches that furniture shopping can cause. The preceding information will be of great value to you the next time that you need to find new furniture for your home.

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