Sofa Workshop V&A Walpole

discover our V&A collection

Discover the fascinating design stories behind our fabrics and the incredible craftsmanship behind every piece.

Sofa Workshop and the V&A have collaborated to bring you an inspired collection of print stories and furniture styles, drawn from the rich archive of the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. From opulent velvets for those who love luxurious textures to decorative patterns and bolder styles, there’s a design for everyone to elevate any room.

Sofa Workshop V&A Cockerell Marble
Sofa Workshop V&A Chintz Fragment

Left: Watercolour design, Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870–1945), England, 1928. Right: Fragment of chintz hanging or cover, painted cotton, India, 18th century. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

archive inspired

The original purpose of the V&A was to promote excellence in design and manufacturing, so we are delighted to be collaborating with Sofa Workshop who have a real focus on craftsmanship and supporting British industry.

A great deal of consideration and skill has been applied to every piece, from the selection of the archive inspiration for the shapes and the fabrics, to the incredible expertise of the upholsterers in the workshop. The results are really very special.

Lauren Sizeland - Head of Licensing, V&A

Watercolour design, Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870–1945), England, 1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sofa Workshop Thurloe

Thurloe

Be cocooned by our Thurloe sofa. The subtle, sloping, sink-into-me curves are inspired by the V&A collection of nineteenth-century furniture.

This timeless classic evokes the lavishly upholstered armchairs and settees that would furnish drawing rooms and make ideal seating for the couple reading love poetry to each other.

Sofa Workshop Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury

This wonderfully versatile design echoes the square form and higher back of a sophisticated Georgian armchair in the V&A collection.

Combined with modern hand turned legs, the comfy seat features deep diamond button detailing inspired by the beautiful traditional eighteenth-century piece.

Sofa Workshop Walpole

Walpole

Our wonderful Walpole sofa is a marriage of understated elegance and superb comfort.

The design borrows stylistically from the V&A’s collection of upholstery. Its elegant, streamlined curving arms and kiln-dried hardwood frame are a modern reworking of a sumptuous and opulent gilded piece from the Georgian era. An everyday masterpiece that will never go out of style.

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try before you buy

Unlike many other online sofa retailers, we have plenty of shops dotted around the UK, where you can sit down and test our sofas. You’ll also be able to view our full range of fabrics and get advice from our expert design consultants on how to create your ideal sofa. Pop down to your local shop to see us, you won’t be disappointed.

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made to measure sofas

If our standard sofa sizes aren’t quite right for you, you might need one of our made-to-measure sofas instead. We offer a 'customisation' service that lets you tailor our handmade sofas to suit your needs. For a small cost, we can adjust a sofa’s length, height, depth and more, to make it truly unique to you. To create your ideal bespoke sofa, get in touch with one of our design consultants or visit us in store.

an exclusive V&A inspired collection

Discover the story behind the making of our latest collaboration.

exclusive fabric collection

At the heart of this exclusive, archive-inspired collection is a passion and commitment to British design and craftsmanship.

From initial archive research through to finished furniture design, our collaboration with the V&A celebrates a wealth of homegrown talent and expertise. Each fabric, printed in Cheshire, has been lovingly recreated from the original subject and the furniture shapes engineered from the ground up in our Long Eaton workshop by true artisans.