Yes, it’s a ridiculous word (and the American alternative of ‘ottoman’ is just plain wrong) but honestly, you need a pouffe in your life. A sofa and a couple of chairs looks like a John Lewis room set; add a pouffe and it looks like a home. It’s a multi-tasking piece that can be a footrest, occasional table, extra seating or just a lovely blob of colour.
The Donna Wilson Fair Isle pouffes (left) that started the whole trend off are stocked at John Lewis (£235-425). They also do a rather wild one of their own design, the Chameli (£150), upholstered in 3D scarlet flowers. Not so practical for balancing wine glasses on but perfect for that shot of red that every room needs.
If you really can’t bear to use the P word, then the Tatino Rest Pod (£265-370) is just the ticket. It’s a bit like a giant stress ball, which moulds itself to your shape and then springs back to its original form. Milk also stocks hand-knitted pouffes by Casalis (£385-545), which look like stuffed beanie hats and come in a fabulous range of colours. Visit Milk.
Ikea’s comprehensive range of pouffes include the Stockholm stool in cowhide (£195), which has an irresistible swivel function, and the cheap as chips Alseda (£19.99, left), a flattened ball shape made from banana fibre that looks very cool in a mid-century modern setting.
Tooled leather pouffes smack a bit of tourist trophies but, if you like the ethnic vibe, Bohemia Design sells Moroccan leather ones in a good choice of colours (£69-95). Please think carefully before plumping for Bubblegum Pink. Visit Bohemia Design.