The FJ-57 sounds more like an XPrize contestant than a sofa, but a sofa it is. I think the full name is "Sofa Model 57" by Finn Juhl, but FJ-57 seems to be its popular abbreviation. Finn, by the way, was an award-winning furniture creator, architect and a father of sorts to Danish design. I didn't know any of that when I saw the FJ-57, I just thought it looked different and cool. But I can see why he got all those awards.
The problem with different and cool sofas is that they often turn out to be uncomfortable and expensive, but the FJ-57 is just fine for everyday sitting and stretching. Part of that is due to the curved back, which makes it easy – inviting even – to sink into. The other part seems to be good design and material. Again, I see why Finn got awards (and lots of them).
The FJ-57 isn't super funky looking, but it's well suited to a two-tone look that can add a bit of dash if you’re looking for it. Finn really thought this one through.
Unfortunately the expensive part is true. At Egbert's in Seattle the FJ-57 was running a bit over $6,000. I hope Finn's heirs get royalties…