The infamous blue San Pablo leather corner sofa has been restored to its former glory and taking full advantage of the limelight while sitting pretty on the Leather Gallery’s showroom floor.
While this may look like an average piece of furniture you could purchase at your local Decofurn, it’s much more than that. This blue couch retails for almost R70 000 and has garnered national fame after being looted from a furniture store in Springfield during the unrest in July.
Images of the pricey piece went viral on social media after two individuals were seen enjoying the comforts of a dismantled Pablo, which was neatly placed on the sidewalk.
According to IOL, Leather Gallery co-owner Greg Parry said they had done their best to ensure that the leather couch had no remnants of its traumatic experience as they patched up the tears in the leather and fixed the broken legs and framework.
Unfortunately, eager buyers will have to hold on to their debit cards because the couch is not for sale.
“The San Pablo is not on the market as it has been through such extensive damage.
“We pride ourselves on the excellent quality of our products and so, we cannot sell something that is not at its full quality and up to our standards.
“The San Pablo has found its home at our newest Durban showroom at our new flagship warehouse in Riverhorse Valley,” Parry says.
While you may not be able to own the famous couch you can still have a sneaky peek at it. Parry says that Pablo has garnered quite a bit of attention since being placed on their Durban showroom floor.
“Our customers have loved seeing the famous blue sofa in person, and have enjoyed sitting on it to get the perfect Instagram photo,” Parry adds.
*Note: Feature image is not of the “famous” blue San Pablo couch, but a feature on Leather Gallery’s website.
Picture: Leather Gallery