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Wander into a furniture store today, and you’ll likely notice some sofas that look as soft, rounded and cuddly as a stuffed animal. Although the curves seem very contemporary, the sofa that inspired it all dates back over 70 years.
Jean Royère, a Parisian decorator and furniture designer, introduced the Polar Bear sofa in 1947. Today, the originals are highly coveted by collectors and sell for as much as $700,000.
If you like the look but lack a six-figure budget, no worries. We’ve gathered a variety of interpretations of the trend at friendlier prices.
1. Polar Bear Sofa
If you want to get as close to the original as possible, you can’t do better than this.
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2. Louna Plush Sofa
This pleated-back style exudes a laid-back, casual vibe.
3. Sylvain Sofa
The Sylvain riffs off the Royère, edging it ever-so-slightly into the 21st century.
4. Gus Modern Circuit Modular Sectional
$4,040 (AS SHOWN)
Each module of this sectional is sold separately, allowing you to customize it to your space.
5. Roma 3-Piece Sectional Sofa
Sleek lines give this sectional a slightly more formal feeling.