COMFORTING EMBRACE Mathias Hoffmann took inspiration for his DS 146 from the realm of sports. Closer inspection of the sofa's spectacular stitching reveals an unmistakable kinship with the traditional leather soccer-ball. Its sweeping lines call to mind the course of a river and endow the sofa with a retro look that manages to pay homage to earlier furniture designs without succumbing to the temptation to capitalise on conventional drawing-room snugness.