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Desire Sofa

c. 2012

by Jan des Bouvrie
for Linteloo

Desire Sofa

by Jan des Bouvrie
for  Linteloo

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Expe­ri­ence the epitome of versa­til­ity with the Desire Sofa, thought­fully crafted by renowned designer Jan des Bouvrie for Linteloo. This extra­or­di­nary seating system is designed to cater to your indi­vid­ual pref­er­ences, offer­ing a multi­tude of possi­bil­i­ties to suit your unique style.

At its core, Desire consists of various elements, each metic­u­lously designed for both func­tion and aesthet­ics. These elements encom­pass inte­grated ottomans and table options, avail­able in an exten­sive array of shapes and sizes. What sets Desire apart is the inge­nious engi­neer­ing of its components.

Each element, whether it’s a seat, ottoman, or table compo­nent, is a self-contained unit without legs. These units elegantly slot into place within the padded and uphol­stered open steel-legged base, provid­ing both stabil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity. It’s this base that forms the foun­da­tion for count­less config­u­ra­tions, allow­ing you to create seating arrange­ments tailored precisely to your needs.

Choose from an entic­ing selec­tion of leg finishes, avail­able in either a silver or anthracite textured finish, to harmo­nize with your inte­rior aesthetic. Desire is further customiz­able with uphol­stery options in fabric or leather from the collec­tion. Whether you prefer a subtle, tone-on-tone stan­dard stitch­ing or desire a strik­ing contrast, your vision is brought to life with this sofa.

Elevate your living space with the Desire Sofa, where comfort, style, and adapt­abil­ity unite to make your seating dreams a reality.


Jan des Bouvrie

Jan des Bouvrie has often been credited with ‘having painted the Netherlands white.’

Born into a family of furniture retailers, Jan went to the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam. He subsequently established a name for himself with his 1969 design of the ‘Kubus’ (Cube) sofa for furniture brand Gelderland, still in production today.

When a client ordered one upholstered in white, it was like a light went on in Jan’s mind. He strongly advocated for white, clean lines and open spaces at a time when the average Dutch interior was rather stuffy and traditional.

Jan des Bouvrie quickly became a household name because he turned his hand to everything, from furniture to industrial design, from ostensibly mundane objects to large-scale architectural projects. Many of his creations—and Jan himself—won numerous prestigious awards, and rightfully so. In 1993, he and his wife, Monique, set up ‘Het Arsenaal,’ a leading interior and lifestyle store, which also housed Jan’s studio.

The two Jans—Te Lintelo and Des Bouvrie—went back longer than both cared to remember and collaborated until Des Bouvrie’s death, aged 78.

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