The blue San Pablo leather corner sofa has been restored and is enjoying newfound fame on the Leather Gallery’s showroom floor.
The couch, which retails for almost R70 000, was looted from the Springfield store during the unrest in July.
Photos of the luxury lounge suite went viral on social media, perched on the pavement and two people lumming on it.
A search for the couch ended in Quarry Road West Informal Settlement in July.
This week, Leather Gallery co-owner Greg Parry says they tried their best to restore the extensive damage on the San Pablo and had patched up most of the tears in the leather and mended the broken legs and framework, reports IOL.
“The San Pablo is not on the market as it has been through such extensive damage,” he says.
“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.”
He adds: “There was more damage to the San Pablo than we thought as we had only seen pictures of the top of the sofa. However, there was quite a bit of damage to the legs and framework underneath.”
He said the store had now received an enormous amount of interest on the sofa.
“Our customers have loved seeing the famous blue sofa in person, and have enjoyed sitting on it to get the perfect Instagram photo.”