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Danish Cabinetmaker Three-Seater Banana Sofa, Denmark 1940s

Origin Denmark
Period 1920-1949
Materials Wood - Fabric
Dimensions
W. 72.44 in; H. 29.53 in; D. 41.34 in;
W. 184 cm; H. 75 cm; D. 105 cm;
Seat H. 17.72 in;
Seat H. 45 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 This beautiful Danish three-seater sofa recalls the Art Deco style of the 1930s with the recognizable touch of Danish Modernism. Thanks to its elegantly curved shape, this type of sofa is often referred to as the “banana” style.

Apart from the visual appearance, the exquisite craftsmanship of this sofa echoes Art Deco as well. Many of the well-known Danish architects felt the urge to try their hands at “Nordic Art Deco”, even though the style’s focus on luxury and decorative elements is in its nature an opposition to the ideas behind Danish design and constitutes a creative contradiction to the period’s streamlined modernism. Nevertheless, in combination with the unadorned style of Danish mid-century modern design, this sofa brings together the best of both styles.

The short, stained beech legs add that modern, organic feel, balancing out the voluptuous profile of the sofa. The masterful sense of proportions, the curved back and the soft seat cushions guarantee functionality and comfort. This sofa has been reupholstered in premium light bouclé fabric with pronounced texture that accentuates the defining curves, creating a luxurious feel and look.

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

Dimensions:
72.44 in W x 41.33 in D x 29.52 in H x 17.71 in Seat Height
184 cm W x 105 cm D x 75 cm H x 45 cm Seat Height

About the designer:
This Danish-made sofa reflects the core traditions and ideals of Danish design, while recalling the shapes of the Art Deco movement. What both movements valued highly is the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to details.

Mid-century pieces such as this sofa were of great design, using fantastic wood like teak or beech. The mid-century was the heyday of the production by master craftsmen. Mid-century Danish design is world-famous for the partnership between designer and manufacturer, resulting in ground-breaking creations. The Danish design idiom was centred on warm woods, quality fabrics and gentle yet robust support for the spine - qualities that engender contentment and well-being, a defining characteristic of Danish culture. The “Great Danes” believed furniture should be shorn of aesthetic detail and be an amalgam of form and function.

A master cabinet-maker is not a carpenter, as this was a rare breed of craftsman who had to be recognized by the Danish government after several years of toiling at his craft, as well as having to ace gruelling design competitions before becoming a master cabinet-maker. Since Denmark was a special instance of tempered industrialization, it managed to preserve sound traditions and continue to safeguard values of craftsmanship, materiality and usability.

Today, Danish furniture is sought after by collectors for classic looks, storied designs and solid quality, works that are truly soulful and timeless. ~H.

Shipping:
This sofa will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the works in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20210585
Incollect Reference Number 491386
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