CI Design’s Sofabed 

The 124 Sofabed by CI Designs is one of the Center’s unique pieces of furniture. Once based in Medford, Massachusetts, the company is no longer in business. They were a well-regarded shop, retailing quality products sought out by regional architects. CI Designs built furniture for Eliot Noyes, Warren Platner, Benjamin Thompson, and the Ford Foundation. Only one example of this sofa is owned by the Center. It spent most of its life in the ladies’ lounge in the sublevel restroom. Like the CB10 Chair, the Sofabed is constructed from ash. Ash is strong yet lighter in color and density than oak. It has a straight grain, making it suitable for furniture with elements like spindles and long rails. There is no designer associated with this specific series, nor does it bear a date, although it can be found on Baldwin’s furniture list for 1975. The Sofabed is upholstered in Hunter Green by Souveran Fabrics of New York City.

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed (front view), photo by Richard Caspole

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed (front view), no date, ash, nylon, and foam, 26 ½″ H x 78″ W x 33″ D, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed (back view), photo by Richard Caspole

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed (back view), photo by Richard Caspole

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed, circa 1975, Institutional Archives, Yale Center for British Art

CI Designs, 124 Sofabed, circa 1975, Institutional Archives, Yale Center for British Art