Sofas don’t get much better than this.

I bought this as a shell of a sofa from a lady downsizing her home. She originally bought the antique sofa in the 1960s in Berkeley, California, while attending the University of California. At her time of purchase, it was upholstered in pink velvet. By my time of purchase, it was not much more than a frame, as below.

Gild & Co. Berkley sofa_after

It had HUGE potential, and like the previous owner I did not want to see it cut up for firewood (literally someone was going to buy it and cut it up).

First step to turn this well-loved sofa into a thing of beauty was to strip the dark wood stain on the sofa’s frame. Stripping the dark stain revealed a beautiful honey-coloured wood that I finished in a natural Tung oil for durability while still keeping the natural look of the wood. Stripping it also highlighted the beautiful carvings in the wood frame.

Then we had it reupholstered by the city’s best upholster in an ultra-durable heavyweight Belgian linen in a natural oatmeal colour. What makes this sofa so special is not only its age and uniqueness but it is also extremely comfortable. The eight-way hand-tied coil springs on the seat and seat back give it heaps of support and cushioning, while the double-Dacron wrapped single seat cushion give it a sinking feeling when you sit. The single long seat cushion means multiple people can sit on it without falling between the cushions.

The neutral colour means that it works well with just about any colour.


This truly is a one-of-a-kind sofa of the upmost quality that you will not find anywhere else, and if treated well it could easily last another 50 years!


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