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Carl Malmsten Early Pine Sofa Bed, Sweden 1940s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Sweden
Period 1920-1949
Materials Fabric, Wood
W. 79.92 in; H. 29.92 in; D. 29.53 in;
W. 203 cm; H. 76 cm; D. 75 cm;
Seat H. 16.93 in;
Seat H. 43 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in premium bouclé fabric.
Creation Date 1940s
Description Carl Malmsten devoted his life to the renewal of traditional Swedish craftsmanship, inspired by the cultural examples of the Swedish country manor and rustic styles – furniture endowed with a creative simplicity, with a feeling for the wood itself, with function in mind and a high technical quality.

Malmsten’s fine sense of proportion, line tension and balance between the surfaces, and how skilfully he carried in the heritage of traditional allmoge (folk art) design is evident in this sofa. This “CM” signed sofa was originally created as a sofa bed, which is traceable in the frame’s structure. The back and arms are comprised of vertical slats, creating an airy look that pairs well with the upholstered, removeable cushions. Even though Swedish design is generally democratic and meant for the masses, pieces were not stripped of all beauty in order to make them as easy to use as possible. Malmsten was an individualist, who took a strong position against strict functionalism, which blossomed during the 1930s. The importance of this balance is apparent in the refined lines and utilization of the natural beauty of the pinewood. The five back and side cushions section the sofa visually, while the large seat cushion unites the whole design, adding to the masterful sense of balance.

As a furniture maker, Carl Malmsten expressed the old, inherited forms as well as the new, bold ideas with his language of design. The result will forever be the same - beautiful, eternal, and individual pieces of furniture which create a unified and harmonious feeling.

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in premium bouclé fabric.

79.92 in W x 29.52 in D x 29.92 in H; Seat height 16.92 in
203 cm W x 75 cm D x 76 cm H; Seat height 43 cm

About the designer:
Carl Malmsten (December 7, 1888 – August 13, 1972) was a Swedish furniture designer, architect, and educator. Malmsten was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Malmsten's career took off when he won a competition in 1916 to design furniture for the Stockholm City Hall and shortly after in 1917, he exhibited alongside well-known Swedish architects such as Gunnar Asplund and Uno Åhrén.

In the 1920s he was invited to furnish a room for the crown prince, Gustaf VI Adolf, and his wife Louise in Ulriksdal Palace. He was honoured with an inaugural Prince Eugen Medal for design in 1945. Already as a young designer in the early 20th century, Carl Malmsten advocated an artisanal furniture design based on local ingredients and traditions, available to a wide audience at a reasonable price.

Nature was Carl Malmsten's foremost teacher and source of inspiration. He conveyed his love of craftsmanship as a teacher in his own schools, at Olofskolan in Stockholm, Capellagården on Öland and the Carl Malmsten school on Lidingö, today a branch of Linköping University and one of the country's leading design colleges. As a debater, Malmsten stormed against functionalism, but in retrospect it can be seen that his ideas often coincided with the rational and frugal style ideals of function.

Malmsten has had a lasting influence on Swedish furniture design through the two schools he founded—the Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies (Carl Malmstensskolan), which has been a part of Linköping University since 2000, is situated on the island of Lidingö on the outskirts of Stockholm. Carl Malmsten spoke about the importance of tradition, craftsmanship and the nation. His furniture was in many ways a product of the thoughts and ideals of the time, they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant and loved today. ~H.

This sofa will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in the gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20210551
Incollect Reference Number 475919
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