Life on Another Level

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Inside Today's Home, 1975, by Ray and Sarah Faulkner
Inside Today's Home, 1975, by Ray and Sarah Faulkner

Drydockshop makes a case for the seating platform as the best seat in the house

When designing interiors, it's no secret that I borrow quite a bit from the 70s and 80s. The one element that inspires me more than any other is the seating platform. Few actions transform a space as easily and dramatically as adding a platform. To tell the truth, for being a furniture maker I tend to dislike furniture in my own environment. Most furnishings are so specific – it's either a chair or a table but rarely both. As a philosophy, I try to solve as many problems as I can using changes and elevation and built-ins before I'll entertain the idea of adding a stand-alone piece.

The platform is directionless. There is no front, no back, and it doesn't really care if you sit or not. But you will sit. You will sit, and you will lounge, and you might even roll around. Seriously. It's impossible to stand next to a platform and not take a seat. It may start as a lean, or a shift in weight, but before you realise it you will be on that platform. You'll find yourself massaging the carpet with your fingertips and won't even notice the cocktail miraculously appearing in the other hand.  I'm telling you, the platform deserves a comeback. If these pictures don't prove it – nothing will.

Words by Steven Holt