Is This the World’s Comfiest Sofa?

Comfort is king when it comes to Maker&Son’s sumptuous sofas, but could they really be the world’s comfiest sofas? 

Yes, probably.

How can they be so confident? Well, there are several reasons. Firstly, Maker&Son was born out of the very desire to make the world’s most comfortable furniture.

That, combined with a philosophy of using only natural components like fantastically fluffy feathers and the loveliest linen, alongside just the right amount of bounce, led to the creation of a uniquely comfortable sofa. 

Let’s take a closer look at how Maker&Son creates such fabulous furniture… 

Natural materials

You won’t find any plastic in Maker&Son’s sofas, or anything that isn’t 100% natural and biodegradable. With our seas and countryside so full of plastic, the West Sussex-based furniture makers wanted to create something sustainable and natural.

But what has sustainability and natural components have to do with comfort? Quite a lot, as it turns out. For instance, Maker&Son uses feathers in its cushions.

After researching the materials before launching the business, founders Alex Willcock and Felix Conran – Sir Terence Conran’s grandson – concluded that there is nothing quite as comfortable to sit on than feathers. It’s as simple as that.

Sinking into a Maker&Son sofa really feels like you are sitting on a cloud. The feathers themselves are a byproduct of the European meat industry, which means they have been harvested in a cruelty-free way. 

The Finest Materials

Again, as part of the company’s research and development process prior to launching the business, Alex and Felix spent a lot of time extensively sourcing the right materials.

As well as being sustainable, they try to support British businesses wherever possible. The linen comes from Italy but is woven in Yorkshire. The beech wood is sustainably sourced and the frames themselves are constructed by an expert team of craftsmen in the Cotswolds. 

More like a mattress than a sofa

Why is it more like a mattress? Well it’s not – aesthetically – but like many things, it’s what’s inside that counts. Inside a Maker&Son sofa you will find coils, made from horsehair, which are more like the springs you will find in high-quality mattress than a luxury sofa.

The ‘bounce’ these springs produce, coupled with the other layering that goes into producing their sofas, Alex and Felix think they have taken comfort to a new level – and many of their customers say so too.

lookING back to go forward

Many of the techniques used to produce Maker&Son sofas are not new. These techniques have been abandoned because gluing and using cheaper materials allows other companies to mass-produce furniture to maximise profits.

Alex and Felix have approached their business the other way around – they chose to make the best product they could make, and think they have made the most comfortable sofa in the world.

If you sit on one, you might just think so too…