It's all too easy to dismiss the modular sofa as a relic of the part of the 1970s you'd rather forget, or perhaps as a staple of those chain furniture stores that you'd, frankly, rather not be seen in.

Think again.

French designer Jean-Marie Massaud has done just that with his Steeve system, designed for Arper, the Italian modernist furniture specialists who believe that objects can "carry a rich, intellectual density in a shape that seems natural and effortless". We couldn't have put it better ourselves.

Massaud's modular system is more city slicker than Furniture Village. The Steeve range has echoes of the functional minimalism of Ray and Charles Eames, who themselves produced modular systems.

Clients selecting the Steeve system have, say Arper, endless options when choosing their new furnishings. There are, in 1970s fashion, corner units manufactured in either ninety or one hundred and thirty five degree angles, and pieces without arms, or equipped with just one, to the left or right.

A variety of coverings is available, so while we'd tend to stray towards monochromes, the harlequins amongst you can mix and match leather, faux leather and fabrics in a variety of shades.

The advantages are many. This is furniture that will without doubt fit into just about every home, however bijoux the dwelling and small the entrance hallway. It also allows for any number of arrangements, depending on requirements.

Steeve is available to order. We're already fans.

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