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Bullet resistant sofa designed to help you take afternoon tea without being shot


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Bullet resistant sofa designed to help you take afternoon tea without being shot

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‘We designed Osdin Shield furniture with the natural human reaction to unexpected gunfire in mind: to duck and hide behind a barrier.’

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Osdin Shield

Come on, it’s definitely crossed your mind – there you are, relaxing with your mother, sipping English Breakfast tea and nibbling on a sumptuously buttered scone, and ‘bang’, suddenly you’re under fire. There’s somebody shooting at you with an assault rifle.

In most instances, you and mother would likely be unable to finish your afternoon tea. You’d cease to be alive. Alas, the last half-scone is now but a sorry slice of what could’ve been.

Now, though, you’ve a better chance of survival, thanks to the new Osdin Shield bullet resistant sofa. In fact, there are all manner of soft furnishings available in the range. The bespoke manufacturer has launched a ‘made to measure’ ballistic protection system that uses ‘unique barrier technology, integrated into the pieces without effecting design or function.’

The company explains: 

Firearm attacks are becoming an increasing concern both for individuals and those responsible for public security and Osdin Shield provides a highly effective, discreet barrier with the sole intent of shielding individuals during an active shooter event.

The system protects against the impact of a variety of bullets, including calibres ranging from 9mm to .44 magnum as well as protection against assault from one of the world’s most feared firearms, the AK-47.

According to Osdin Shield, the protective material is integrated into the furniture, unseen among the fabric and design. The manufacturing process is said to be recognised by international ballistic standards – set by the US National Institute of Justice. You know it must be solid if America’s involved.

As founder Darren Osdin says: ‘We developed Osdin Shield furniture to save lives. Unfortunately unexpected gun attacks are becoming more and more frequent all over the world and often it is the innocent who suffer.

‘We designed Osdin Shield furniture with the natural human reaction to unexpected gunfire in mind: to duck and hide behind a barrier.’

In fact, while it might be somewhat ridiculous in premise, the idea isn’t as outlandish as it might seem. Osdin is right in saying that unexpected gun attacks are on the rise. If not in the UK, elsewhere. We should be thankful, really, that to us it seems a little amusing an idea.

Either way, people are increasingly concerned by gun attacks, particularly in high-end hotels, museums, and embassies. Of course we’re going to joke, but the company has a customer base including such places. These sofas may well save lives.

You never know – that hotel lobby you were in the other day might even have had one. The ballistic technology can be applied to furniture and fabric houses including Osborne and Little, Harlequin, Designers Guild, Kirkby House, Colefax and Fowler, Brunschwig & Fils, Creation Baumann. These are big names, and customisable. 

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