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Modern seating platform in Frank Stella's 70s loft

From Inside Today's Home (1975 edn., p. 365). This is the painter Frank Stella's loft.

 

This fantastic seating platform - a sort of conversation pit in reverse - is a furniture/design feature that sadly seems to have disappeared from decor. Does anyone know what this thing is officially called? I remember these from my childhood in the 70s, and they belong to a completely different and much-missed style of social interaction, though as a child I'm sure I was missing some of the weirder adult nuances. As a kid I'd have spent my time on this, too, even with all those Corbusier chairs around. And does anyone have any other examples of this?

  

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Taken on May 18, 2009