The Panther by Volido


American design studio Volido have designed a sofa lined with pyramid-shaped sound-proofing foam.

Called The Panther, the seat is made of plywood panels and is joined to a metal base by nylon cable ties.

Here's some information and poetry from the designers:


One 8’x4’plywood board cut in 2’by 2’ module, joined with finger joins and organized in 3 independent self-supporting wood elements. The elements work structurally when are compressed to each other with a nylon tighten cable. Pyramidal sound-proof foam as cushion. No nails no glue no screws.

“His gaze those bars keep passing is so misted with tiredness, it can take in nothing more. He feels as though a thousand bars existed, and no more world beyond them before.

Those supply-powerful paddings, turning there in the tiniest of circles, well might be the dance of forces round a center where some mighty will stands paralyticly.

Just now and then the pupil’s noiseless shutter is lifted.— Then an image will indart, down through the limbs’ intensive stillness flutter, and end its being in the heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Posted on Tuesday May 11th 2010 at 8:05 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • If I designed that, I might wear a bag on my head, too. Seriously? I’m not sure which is weirder, the sofa or head-bag. I hope that is not their entire point.

  • John-Paul

    Great so now only the people in front or above will hear you… watching the television.

  • Jan

    waffle iron meets sofa? i like it! :)

  • LOW

    Those images are just.. truly horrific..

  • L

    Design or Fashion Shoot?

  • jack


  • peeween

    Wohooo! AAwesome!! what a simple idea, easy going and relaxed!! Is there integrated massage panels?!

  • Karlis

    is it really so uncomfortable that the guy prefers to lay on the ground next to it? (the sofa looks good however)

  • tanya telford – T

    is this project a comment on sound proofing? what was that material they use to use to make big, well insulated walls ………mud, horse hair, straw, things like that? can’t exactly remember but,


    (why does the guy have a bag over his head? a bit worrying, hope hes ok although he does then seem to be happily posing in front of the couch, – carrier bags as hats?)

  • Therese Senac

    Haha!… Carrier bags as hats, might be a new trend

  • tabloid

    Bachelor heaven

  • Yeah, I live in a crummy loft with nothing but a smoke machine and a sofa made out of acoustical foam. That’s why I wear a bag on my head, out of sheer embarrassment.

  • What?!


  • R. Berengena

    It seems a bit pretentious to be referencing Rilke’s poem “ThePanther.”
    I don’t hink that Rilke would approve of this.

    It’s not even a decent translation of the poem. A better one would be:

    His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
    has grown so weary that it cannot hold
    anything else. It seems to him there are
    a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

    As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
    the movement of his powerful soft strides
    is like a ritual dance around a center
    in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

    Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
    lifts, quietly–. An image enters in,
    rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
    plunges into the heart and is gone.

  • chacal

    awesome!! i like it very much…great talent behind volido, that´s for sure (i don´t get why these people care so much about the guy with the bag in his head…that´s not the point…)

  • Manu

    Pretty cool – much more interesting than the usual stuff and also looks great – on top of that super cheap to build and produce – I would not mind too much about the bag….

  • attention seeking design (by trying to be outrageous), wholly impractical, paradoxical concept.

  • Ha
    More cover needed?
    have a look at
    exposement 26

  • nofelix

    The photos (bare room, plastic bag, harsh lighting) imply being uncomfortable, which is an interesting contrast with the normal purpose of a sofa.

    But interesting design is not the same as good design. It looks awful to sit on, you can’t even rest your head back because it’ll hit the top of the wooden panel. Why they couldn’t have done a similar thing with more foam to actually make it comfortable I don’t know.

    Contrasting looking uncomfortable with being comfortable, that’d be much better imho. Otherwise it’s just a joke.

  • RomanCh

    Nothing new in fact, reminds me chairs from Module 400 furniture range (1964) by Roger Tallon.