A single element may often decide about the character and quality of contemporary interiors. A piece of furniture, a work of art, or perhaps another decoration. Yet, it must rivet the attention, raise admiration, and sets the tone for its environment. This is precisely what The Chopin is. Playing the main part. Impossible to ignore. A characteristic and stately piece of furniture that gives your interior an exceptionally strong accent. Wherever it goes, it is certain not to stay off the limelight.
The Chopin consists of two independent pieces: an armchair and a chaise longue. Powerful magnets bring them together.
The Chopin was originally a working name. It comes from the association of the symmetrical form of this piece of furniture with the grand piano, the iconic monument in Warsaw’s Royal Baths Park, and with the artist’s characteristic hairstyle.
The Chopin Sofa was made as a statement for the Future Classics competition organised by Comforty brand in 2009. Tomek Rygalik, a designer of the young generation only staring his career at the time, was invited to participate.
Even though his design won no prize in the competition, it became part of the permanent collection as it makes unique and extraordinary references to culture and heritage. The iconic and timeless nature stem not only from the form and function of the piece but also from yet another significant factor, namely, the cultural context. And a reference to the phenomenon of Fryderyk Chopin, one of the most recognisable Warsavians, seems perfectly natural for a brand that is robustly connected to Warsaw. Chopin’s whole oeuvre, turbulent and tangled into the turmoil of his life, expresses the spirit of the time of change: the profound Romantic transformation taking place in music, culture, and the entire European civilisation.
For Comforty, initiating the profound process of brand transformation in 2008, the form of the Chopin Sofa is the expression of the intensive wind of change that swept over the brand’s philosophy and collection.
The sculpture-like quality and the potential of transformation have remained especially attractive, while the work on the development of that product at that special time is of both symbolic and nostalgic significance for the brand. However, irrespective of the circumstances of its development, the form of the Chopin Sofa withstands the passage of time, not aging, and losing nothing of its value. The product might undergo certain minor modifications and improvements with time, yet they make no impact on its iconic silhouette.
Unconstrained references to the classicist period, to its characteristic asymmetry of furniture, evoked in 2008 the need to build in our collection space for such open, post-modernist expressions and quests.
The traditional technology used for the construction of this piece of furniture surprisingly well upholds the sophisticated silhouette and the elements of upholstery designed by Tomek Rygalik.
As the leading actor of the interior and one of the most distinctive pieces in our collection, The Chopin has visited many prestigious spaces. We are especially proud of its presence in the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw, where the Chopin Sofas belong to the few contemporary pieces of furniture that complement the furnishing designed by Bohdan Pniewski’s team for the post-war reconstruction of the building of the opera that, not unlike New York’s Met, boasts one of the world’s largest stages.
The Sophas also furnish the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw and have the official certificate of the Chopin Institute that allows the sole use of this registered trademark for products that meet the highest quality standards.