Designer Spotlight: Maurice Villency

Maurice Villency serpentine sectional sofa

At a previously overlooked but nonetheless crucial point in history, comfort superseded functionality and big, dreamy sofas dominated the scene. 

Sectionals bring to mind suburban dens, the TV room; game nights and movie nights set the mood for home entertaining. While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, living areas come in a close second in matters of importance. No common area is complete without a couch for lounging – it’s an intensely personal and public space all at once. It brings the outside in and the inside out. 

Truly a feat of globalism, the iconic sectional sofa was conceived of by Maurice Villency, a Scottish immigrant in New York City who happened to have an affinity for Swedish design. 

Maurice Villency serpentine noir sectional

Maurice Villency began designing and building his own furniture in a loft in Greenwich Village, New York in the early 1950s. Born in Glasgow Scotland, he introduced Scandinavian modern furniture to the United States, with one of his first successes being the sectional couch. The son of a cabinet maker, Villency insisted on quality and craftsmanship throughout his life. At the age of 19 after immigrating to the United States with his family to Binghamton, NY, Villency came to New York City and began work at the Pullman Couch company, quickly becoming plant manager and head designer. Pullman relocated to Chicago in the 1960s, and Villency set up his own studio on E. 8th Street. 

At Adaptations and our partner store, Porter James, quality and history are at the forefront of vintage curation. Maurice Villency’s sectional pieces present a uniquely beautiful, not to mention intriguing perspective on the function and aesthetics a sofa can serve in a contemporary living space.