Moody Couch
by Hanna Emelie Ernsting


Cologne 2011: Hanna Emelie Ernsting's Moody Couch was awarded second prize in the [D3] Contest for young designers at imm cologne this week.

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

The design consists of a sofa with a cover that's much larger than the structure underneath, made from a textile that retains the shape it's scrunched and pulled into.

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

Users can wrap themselves up in the cover, create a tall nest-like shape or spill the seating onto the floor.

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

The sofa keeps this shape once once unoccupied, indicating the previous user's mood.

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

First place in the [D3] Contest was awarded jointly to Harry Thaler's Pressed Chair (see our earlier story) and OLA Foldable Table by Swedish studio AKKA - more information to follow soon.

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs interviews the [D3] Contest winners today as part of our series of Dezeentalks at [D3] Design Talents in collaboration with imm cologne. Movies of the talks will be shown on Dezeen at a later date. The talks are free so come along! More details »

imm cologne takes place 18-23 January 2011. See all our stories about the event in our special category »

See films of all the Dezeentalks at last year’s fair here.

Here are some more details from Hanna Emelie Ernsting:

Winner D3 Talents Award, 2. price

In her newest seating series "Moody", young designer Hanna Emelie Ernsting experiments with flexible forms, which has been distinguished by the jury with the 2. price for this year’s D3 Talents Award. Her design philosophy, which she describes as "form follows moods", focuses on the emotionality of the user. Her designs invite the user to express feelings and “let go”.

The seating series by the designer Hanna Emelie Ernsting consists of three pieces: Moody Couch, Moody Nest and Moody Bag. Though on first sight, formally quite different, they follow the same idea: "form follows moods". According to the designer, the origin of this concept is the observation that in the modern world, people forget how to relax and calm down. This is where the Moody series ties in: It invites the user to express feelings and “let go”. Doing so leaves traces, causing the product to resemble the moods of its user in various shapes and forms and making the products seem alive.

Designer Hanna Ernsting says: "Moody is the interpretation of the sofa as a place of expression and communication. The focus lies in the mood of the user."

Developing the product series, the designer experimented with flexible forms and innovative materials. To give the pieces more flexibility and softer shapes, she extended the cover of the sofa up to 3 meters in length. Meanwhile she worked with various techniques, achieving structure and stability of the material, and making it shapeable and more functional. Besides methods such as quilting, stitching and wadding, she worked with new materials, such as 3D textile, still quite unknown in the furniture industry.

Moody Couch won D3 Talents Award 2. prize and will be presented at the furniture fair IMM Cologne (hall 3.2, booth A008/E009) till the 23rd of January.

See also:


Pressed Chair by
Harry Thaler
Memory by
Tokujin Yoshioka
More coverage of
Cologne 2011

Posted on Wednesday January 19th 2011 at 12:49 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Greenish

    This is brilliant. Great to look at and so inviting – if I had this sofa I know my houseguests would gravitate towards it to "have a go" on it.

  • Anna

    Well, just take any sack or lots of fabric and put it over an ugly old couch. Is that the revolutionary idea?

    • peh

      Dear Anna,

      yes it is! just gat an old sofa and you can turn it into something special…

  • Interesting concept. I wonder if it's as comfortable as it looks.

  • nnn

    it radiates that feeling of being in a cold room with a huge comforter wrapped around you…love it!

  • Neudesign

    Very cool — a cross between a sofa and a bean bag chair.

  • The spacial separation blurs out due to the fact that more and more people are using home offices – either for their own small business or because they are taking work home from the office. It seems that for many people it becomes more and more difficult to separate work life and private life emotionally. After everlasting working hours, the never ending expectations of perfect appearance and the constant need to function, people forget to calm down and how to let go.

  • seventeenzin

    Like the concept, lovely…

  • eilie

    would be interesting if this also could be used to create an all-flexible bed sofa which can be arranged just as you need it – sofa in the daytime, bed in the nighttime – smaller if you´re sleeping alone and larger if the night out ends not as intended..

  • bodkin

    Bowmanave – what on earth are you on about?

  • Tiffani

    how much is it? are they even for sale yet?

  • The sofa's name really fits itself. I don't find any fascination to this sofa but I adore its many uses.

  • Jane

    Aw damn, just when I was about to pitch my idea for an oversized blanket you can throw over a couch