Facebook has just bought the software design company Sofa for an undisclosed sum.
The Amsterdam-based company was founded in 2006 and is known for its Mac applications and e-commerce products on the web. Notably they do all their own designs including art, icons, and interfaces for other "high-profile" clients. Not surprisingly, the team will be joining Facebook's design team.
Facebook's Director of Design Kate Aronowitz stated:
We were just blown away by the Sofa team's work, from their Mac and web software to the interfaces and brand identities they created for clients. The more we got to know them, the more we realized that their passion for working in small teams and iterating to find solutions to hard problems matched our own culture. We can't wait for them to join the team.
Sofa on their comapny blog states:
We expected to keep working at Sofa forever. But after Facebook first made contact, we were quickly convinced to join forces.
Facebook is full of talent and has a great culture. We feel challenged and at home at the same time, and can really get things done there. But equally important, we believe that at Facebook, we will be making a real difference to a lot of people's lives.
The Sofa team will be moving from Amsterdam to Palo Alto in the coming weeks -- and we'll make sure to infuse some of our particular flavor of Dutch culture at Facebook.