One thing Italian manufacturer Colber Contract has going for it is its apparently accidental correspondence with TV Host Stephen, whose last name adds the appendage of an unpronounced “t.” Though this might result in some unintended search hits for the company, the blame would seem to rest with Mr. Colbert, whose show debuted in 2005, while Colber Contract’s principal Gabriele Longoni founded his firm in 1979. The 30+ years of “innovative design, quality construction using only the finest materials, leading-edge manufacturing technologies, and unsurpassed customer service” have served Colber well. Their reputation for versatility—they’re known for contemporary designs as well as painstaking reproductions of classic pieces—can be seen in the excellent Jloveseat and Sofa. The design presents a durable, hard-working solution to public seating while adding a creative twist.

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