3 questions for Ralf Hüllemann, company founder and visionary
How would you describe sophisticated living?
Individual, authentic, creative and … vibrant!
What’s the connection between surfing and furniture?
In surfing, you have to focus on the wave, stay in the moment and become one with the sea and its motions. No wave is like any other; you can’t stop to think, but have to respond instinctively to the water’s movement. It takes tremendous creativity to constantly change perspectives and shift your point of view. Every person is different and so we have to constantly reinvent ourselves in this regard, too.
Your favorite sofa and why?
Solid Wave – for me, it embodies freedom, personality and change.
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In 2005, I decided to use my 22 years of experience in the furniture industry to establish Sophisticated Living. I wanted to create personalized designer furniture so that I could offer exclusive hand-made custom furniture while providing excellent value.
Where do I feel at home? On the water, surfing. That’s why all our product names come from surfing jargon. They are a daily reminder of the importance of being at the right place at the right time. Surfing is more than a sport; it’s a deeper appreciation for life.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Interior Design
Product Development & Design
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My favorite product tends to be the one I last designed. At home, I like to stretch out among mounds of pillows on the Solid Wave. When I’ve settled in, I’ll listen to music and research upcoming projects. Or I’ll plan my next trip – after all, I get almost all the inspiration for my designs when I’m traveling and having fun with friends and family.
Tel.: +49 721 / 680328-23
After a long day at the office, I always look forward to my Hanapepe. The soft, comfortable down absorbs all the stresses of the day. Curl up against the high, narrow armrest to read a book, or lounge on the wide, softly upholstered armrest. Either way, you’re sure to find your favorite spot – with or without company.
Tel.: +49 721 / 680328-11
My favorite: the Floater! With its Carlucci Quiana fabric and tall, black chrome feet, it’s unbeatable! I like to recommend models with clear lines and solid fabrics to customers. My motto is: keep things simple and stylish. I don’t chat until work is over, but then, it’s got to be on the Solid Wave, our most comfortable sofa. It’s the perfect way to bring a long day to a close!
Tel.: +49 721 / 680328-13
My biggest hobby is playing the drums, either by myself, in an orchestra or teaching others. That’s when time flies by. I ride my bike everywhere – mostly to concerts. I’m already looking forward to getting the very first sofa of my own when I’ve completed my traineeship at Sophisticated Living: the SUMMER SWELL. The high chrome feet match my drum set perfectly.