The team consists of David Baron, Ryan Cocca, and Andrew Barnhart. They’ve been members at the American Underground since August of 2014 and their product has quickly become a crowd pleaser within the AU community.
The couch weighs 19 pounds, comes in four pieces, easily folds into the trunk of a car, assembles in seven seconds, and is entirely held together by friction—no screws, bolts, or tools required to assemble. It is made from polyethylene—the same material used in pool noodles—and covered in a removable, washable suede.
Initial iterations of the Nugget included a couch made out of mushrooms that was biodegradable and a piece of foam sitting on cinderblocks. They settled on the low-density polyethylene, making for a perfectly durable and versatile combo.
The name? Nugget was actually the first name given to the couch, a “code name” for the project. They had plans to rename it, but nothing else survived quite like the nugget. “It feels like you bounce when you say it,” says Baron. “Plus it’s easy to remember and reflects the active and fun nature of the company.”