When is a sleep sofa not a sleep sofa? When it's been designed by the master, Le Corbusier.
Nearly 70 years after the LC5's introduction, this sleekly proportioned piece of perfection looks fresh. Its beauty is more than skin-deep: With a few economical movements (and a pleasing absence of skinned knuckles), the back cushions rotate 180 degrees and transform an elegant sofa into a single bed. It never hurts to own a piece that pulls triple duty: sofa, bed, art.
This monument to modernism is available for $4,540 (the price varies depending on upholstery) at Full Upright Position, a Portland, Ore., store devoted to modern furnishings; call 800-431-5134 or visit the store's Web site at www.fup.com.
Or, contact Cassina, the manufacturer, for the names of other dealers at 800-770-3568.
RIGHT ON TARGET: Secretly love Martha Stewart's housewares, but can't bear to contribute one slim dime to her bloated empire? Target to the rescue. Shrewd enough to know that a tight budget doesn't imply an absence of style, the discount retailer that brought us whimsical housewares designed by architect Michael Graves and luxe bedding from Martex follows up with products from Waverly, known for classically elegant, high-quality fabrics.
Don't be put off by the gooey names of Waverly Garden Room's lines (Sweet Violets, Vintage Rose and Garden Lane) -- the pairings of lush florals and bold stripes or plaids are lovely and fresh. Garden Room includes coordinated bedding, bath accents, tableware, stationery and gifts. Prices range from $12.99 to $99.99. Call 800-800-8800 for the location of the nearest Target or visit www.target.com.
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